I am reluctantly resuming my “normal”life after Spring Break. I read a lot and got to spend time with BatBeard. (It’s never enough time, but I’m not going to jump down that rabbit hole; my day is weird enough without the bunnies of regret, remorse and resentment dragging me away.)
I have been trying to moosh my brain cells together to do something productive, but I can’t seem to do anything but feed cats, herd children and give myself stress induced angina over the Stations of the Cross.
As much fun as that sounds, it has left me feeling a bit out of touch with the rest of the world, so I opened up CNN to do a spot check on the news. I always wince a bit when I look at the news feeds because I would not at all be surprised if I saw a picture of a cyborg taking a selfie with a security camera at the Pentagon as the evil robot lizards take over. I was not surprised, but deeply saddened when I saw the following:
- There was another school shooting. Three students were involved and the latest news is that the shooter is dead. It is unknown at this time if he was shot by the Student Resource Officer on campus.
- There is a rash of package bombings in and around Austin, Texas
- The last male white rhino has died; this will probably be the end of this species.
- A Polish priest has allegedly wished for the death of the Pope because of the Pope’s views on refugees and other religions.
I know there is nothing I can do about any of this global information, but I can’t bury my head in the sand; mainly because the cats who let me live in their house would consider new sand a personal convenience.
What I find interesting is the tone the news as a whole is taking. The tone is that someone is to blame for everything.
It has been a few days since I sat down to write this, and in that time, the student who was in critical condition in the Maryland shooting has died and the suspect in the Austin Bombings has also died.
It has also been revealed that the Maryland shooter was indeed shot by the School Resource Officer, and, as I suspected, this incident is being lauded as just and righteous shooting, because it prevented the shooter from running amok.
No one seems to be saying that the loss of any life is tragic.
Isn’t that interesting?