I’ve been struggling with writing lately. I have a paper due and I really need to write it, but I keep putting it off. Also, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to the Conspiracy since late last week. Again, putting it off. I suppose I’m waiting for inspiration on both counts. Regardless, some of the planets have aligned enough for me to put together some thoughts this morning.
The tragedy at Virginia Tech is heartbreaking. It hits home all the more because I work at a university and when things like this happen, you spend a lot of time thinking about how it happened and what would you do in that situation. Unfortunately, I can’t come up with anything. Certainly I would make an attempt to hide or barricade the office door, but I really don’t know what would happen. However, my point is that 32 people died, senselessly, and there is naturally an outpouring of emotion from all corners.
On another front, today in Baghdad, bombs killed 33 people and injured dozens more. The problem is, no one really noticed. I wouldn’t have noticed had it not been on the same page as other news. But the paradox of 32 young Americans dying in a senseless tragedy and 33 Iraqis dying in a senseless tragedy and the attention (or lack thereof) paid to both is confusing. Why do we not mourn the deaths of all people regardless of who they are or where they’re from; they’re still human are they not?
A writer to my local paper this morning suggested arming professors with concealed weapons as a way to quell or, at the very least, diminish the loss in instances such as the Virginia Tech massacre. What a highly illogical and ill-formed idea! The idea of adding more guns to an already volatile situation is definitely the way to go. Why not have Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in charge of campus security? Some people are just idiots.
Another lesser tragedy would be that I had too much wine at a party last night and I really can’t form any more thoughts at this point.
See you in the funny papers!