From Luke Edwards
What sort of world is this, that there are children killing children? My stomach turned this morning as a co-worker informed me of the eleven-year-old and ten-year-old boys who together plotted to kill another student from their school.
“How is it that in the wake of two tragedies such as Sandy Hook and The Colorado shooting, whether in distaste of another or out of vengeance, that youths are motivated to strike out at each other?” I thought silently. “What sort of world is this where reckless hatred runs rampantly enough to corrupt, to soil, to destroy? How is it that anyone could become so filled with anger that they would kill another human being? Are our children so vulnerable to the affects of violence in media and video games? Is such disregard for their fellows seated in their own thinking? Or is it brought about by poor example? Have parents become so negligent as to allow their children to be exposed to such graphic content? Or have the parents become so caught up in their own issues that they would go so far as to ignore the psychological well being of their own flesh and blood?”
A true social issue, if ever there was one, but a solvable one. So much time, money, and research have been consumed on learning why we hate, why we lash out. But the answer is truly simple. This is not an issue to be dealt with in a lab, or bureaucratic court. The solution lies with us, in our families and communities. Mothers and fathers, tonight hold your families close, find strength together, be unified. Let go all feelings of anger, distrust, fear and hatred. Hold strongly to the values you have been taught by those before you. Do not embrace the fear and hatred that often rises when you are confronted with trials. But in their stead hold onto faith, hope and love! Faith in what, it does not matter, but for faith in hope and love. Believe in a better tomorrow. For if we do not, a healthy prosperous future for the generations to come may very well be forfeited.