My hideously uncreative and banal day-job is arranging travel plans for other people, paying their bills and ordering equipment worth more than my house. Today, our office received an email- warning us of a disgruntled and somewhat “unstable” ex-employee who has been seen entering the building at various times. It contained his picture. We’re a university and therefore public. Some buildings aren’t locked until very late because of students going and coming at will. People not connected to the university get in all the time, especially in winter, to get off the streets and out of the cold. The email continued to say there was also a break-in a week or so ago(thanks for the timely alert) in which a Master key was stolen. The two incidences are not necessarily connected, but could be, so now I’m looking around my tiny office to see where I would go if I had to protect myself from some wacko hell bent on making somebody… anybody pay for his circumstances. I’m in a wheelchair. Hiding or running aren’t viable options.
Last week, a mother was walking with her 13 month old baby in a stroller. She was stopped by two kids and they attempted to rob her. She had no money on her, so they shot her baby between the eyes.
And then there’s the Newtown, CT shooting heading a list of senseless violence that seems to self-perpetuate. Now people are buying guns and ammo like the clock is about to strike 2AM and the bartender just announced last call.
I’m not real thrilled with the world we live in right now.
I’m not going to get on a soap box and debate the whole gun shit. This is not a gun thing. It’s something else much worse…and if you knew how much I hate guns, that’s really something coming from me.
This is a humanity thing, or rather, a lack of respecting the value of life and devaluing our humanity. When the fuck did we start to devalue all life so much to be at this point.
And even more to the point…how the hell do we find our way back or are we too far over the cliff?