Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So it Goes.

The title of this blog seemed appropriate for the events that have preceded it during the last week. If you aren't familiar with it, let me fill you in...

From Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five:

'When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment, but that same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is 'So it goes'.''

The horrible incident at Virginia Tech this week was a tragic and unfortunate reminder of the culture that we live in and of the affect one disturbed and twisted individual can have on our society. Whatever the motive was behind this is moot. Nothing can justify the actions of that person. I will not even dignify the person behind this by mentioning their name. Of course this underscores the crime and lack of gun control in the United States, but that discussion is for another time, another blog. Talk about that now would overshadow the memory of the victims and their families at a time when they need the support and assistance from everyone.

Not much can be said about what happened. It cannot be changed, only reflected upon and learned from.

"The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies, he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever."

In memory of all the victims of the Virginia Tech Shootings.

Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

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