Ryan, my 4 year old grandson, stayed with me for a couple three hours today while his mom had a medical procedure. He spent 15 minutes or so educating me about Angry Birds. We collaborated on some drawings and some piano compositions. We built some improbable Lego edifices. We acted silly, had snacks, etc. It was nice.
After Ryan and his mom left I went to the bank, did some grocery shopping and came home to the radio news of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
My Mom and Dad and both my brothers and their families live in western Connecticut. One of my brothers, who is an iron worker in NYC, lives in the Sandy Hook/Newtown area. My other brother and parents live in nearby towns.
I have visited often but never lived in Connecticut. With the exception of a few years as an adolescent in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I have spent my whole life in the Middle West. Still I feel closely touched by this tragedy. Just as I did by the shootings at the Chardon school here in my own NE Ohio awhile back.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I have no desire to preach about anything at this point. I'm wondering, I guess, though about the sacredness of guns in our culture. I'm wondering how people can intentionally terrorize and kill children.
Somehow, somewhere in between the sound bites and talking heads, we need to clear a space for thought and action on the behalf of others.
Society is a petri dish in which all manner of things grow. Why is it that I think capitalism is the carcinogen in the mix?