Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Anger and Pain

Cho Seung-Hui was angry and hurting like none other. It was recognized a while back. Yet, his anger and pain was left unchecked. In this fast-paced, high tech world we live in now we no longer slow down to smell the roses or see dead spirits. The results of one dead spirit lead to a festering soul that had ceased to function normally.

The massacre at Virginia Tech is a signal to stop our rush to gobble up all we can in the shortest time we can do it in. It is a signal to as the old song goes, “reach out and touch somebody’s hand” and save a soul. The demeanor in which Cho Seung-Hui left this world did not happen overnight. It developed over time. Time we seem to longer have to notice changes in humans.

How many other young adults are out there feeling similar to Seung-Hui, with no coping skills to guide them through it all? How long will it be before we take notice? I hope not too long. I hope that this incident will assist us in knowing that advancements are good but we must draw lines as to how far we go without responding to cries of help. Seung-Hui cried out. A professor took notice and looked for assistance. She was told there was none. That was wrong and it is time to fix our moral consciousness.

If only someone had said yes you are right, Seung-Hui needs help and we will find it for him. But it didn’t happen that way and now 33 lives, including his, are gone. Thirty-three souls sacrificed to make us become aware of our moral obligations to help in any way we can. But as an old saying goes, “too much, too little, too late.” This should never have happened. Obviously, we didn’t learn from the Columbine or Amish school massacres. School is where the young go to learn not exist in fear.

Wake up America! Stop the presses. Open your eyes. Lend a hand. Do not let this happen over and over again. Listen to the cries. Recognize the health of a dying soul. Then maybe, just maybe, souls will no longer become filled with anger and pain. No it won’t be easy but nothing good ever is. The good must out weigh the bad. Now is the time.

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