Original post at http://entertherainbow.blogspot.com/2012/12/say-something-our-newtown-reactions.html
Everyone needs to say something, or not. Please do not
begrudge anyone their expression in response to the Newtown shooting. Or their
Some people need to say, “I know exactly why this happened!”
Some people need to say, “Why in the world did something
like this happen?”
Some people need to say, “No matter what, God is still here!”
Some people need to say, “See, this proves it. God is not
Some people need to say, “I am going to start carrying a
Some people need to say, “We must immediately dismantle the
Some people need to say, “May the soul of the shooter burn
in hell for all eternity!”
Some people need to say, “We have to eliminate the social
stigma that surrounds mental illness!”
Some people need to watch a funny movie.
Some people need to say nothing at all.
What I’m asking is that we allow one another our time of
expression without critique. Of course we see things differently. That’s okay.
Just let it be what it is for now.
Don’t argue right now, while we’re all just reacting,
expressing, still shocked, still bewildered. Don’t argue, bicker, pick. And don’t
hate on other people for their need to express themselves.
Any and all emotional responses at this point are perfectly
valid and understandable. As time inevitably moves ahead, there will be clarity
… and dialogue … and action taken. But in this moment, as our stomachs are
still churning and tears appear seemingly from out of nowhere, as the faces of
children we know surface in our minds alongside the thought “what if it had
been them,” as fear and evil and horror seem to rule the day … not in this
There are questions that do not have answers. Trying to
answer them may actually do more damage.
Right now, we all just need to say what we need to say. Even
if that is nothing at all.
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."