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Behind Closed Doors

I have mentioned in the past all the hate and anger in our country and in general about the emotional climate of the world but the horrible killings in Aurora, CO two days ago makes me wonder about the emotional stability of  some people around the country. What a tragedy and with no answers about why. Something caused that young man to step off the brink of sanity and go into a movie theater and shoot all those people. Will we ever have answers.

I remember reading not long ago an article warning people to never ever respond to people who do things like cut you off in traffic, give you an ugly hand signal, etc because you do not know what will make them suddenly go over the brink with road rage. A woman who was known as a very nice, christian woman was driving and someone cut her off. She chased after the person and when they pulled off and stopped, she got out of her vehicle and walked up to the other person’s car and shot them. No apparent reason and no appearance of frothing rage. What set her off?

It make one a little nervous because we do not know what sets people off anymore. We can venture a guess…loss of jobs, loss of home, death in family, one stress too many but we may never know the real catalyst. Many people are like walking time bombs that are set to go off only we do not know the detonation time. And this man who killed all those people has been quiet and calm since being arrested. I wonder what is going on inside his head. what set him off?

The man who killed all those people in the theater is a brilliant science major who appears to have just been a quiet man who did not do Facebook, twitter, etc. And yet he dressed up one day and walked into a theater and killed and injured many innocent people. To me the most puzzling thing is that his own mother told the police that she was sure they had the right person. If she knew that, I have to wonder did others?

I hope that many of you will go read my friend Sherry Showalter’s blog here:

for she has many good posts on this very topic. We are in a time of much emotional sickness in the world. People are not taught how to deal with emotions and so the emotions build and build with no outlet. Many people are all over the internet frothing at the mouth and being hateful and threatening to others. How long before their words become actions?  People find a release on the internet hiding behind monitors to spew their hate and maliciousness and yet few take the time to seek the help they really need in dealing with their own emotions.

I have sat here this morning reading all the news articles about the shooting in Aurora, CO and it gives me a cold feeling inside for here a person just killed all these people and yet shows no remorse or even emotion about it.  Behind how many closed doors in this country/world are others who are just “nice, quiet people” sit someone just like him? If “sweet little old ladies” can spew the venom I have seen on the internet and on animal pages all because they sit behind a monitor and feel more powerful because no one can get to them ….if they can attack and say the hateful things they say and then just walk away and not have to deal in real-time with the consequences, what might others do? We usually do not expect this of sweet little old ladies nor do we realize the just how often this happens. I can tell you from real experience that this happens daily.

My mind is rambling and I am really wondering things here… how much are we accountable if we do see people really out of balance, if we do know people who seem to be really mentally unstable and yet we tell no one and they go on to kill or hurt people?  Now I am just rambling with all of this but I think about the person that thought it odd when the man came in and wanted to learn how to fly a commercial plane but he did not report it. Had he reported it, would things have been different on that day?  We make people accountable if they know child abuse is going on and do not report it. People see others stealing or bullying and yet do nothing.  Some seniors are living alone and unable to care for themselves and it is clear by their homes and their appearance and yet nothing is said. Why? Are we a world that just prefers to keep their eyes closed?  Many will say I do not want to get involved but if we stand up for nothing what does that say about us?   And my heart asks on the Aurora killings….could this have been prevented?  I just do not know…I just really do not know.

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  1. I shared this on Twitter (hope you don’t mind). I love this post. So many people need to hear this that its ridiculous. No one wants to talk about what needs to be dealt with. This is how our entire society is right now and its sad. As well as self defeating.

    Comment by Daphne Shadows | July 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. So sad.

    Comment by Naomi Baltuck | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. Such a good post, and so many questions – I cried when I heard about this. My heart aches for those people and their families. And I wonder ………

    Comment by Julie Catherine | July 21, 2012 | Reply

    • I know and we may never have answers or may never hear the answers. It is so tragic.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  4. A sign of our times. The Bible says in the last days the love of the greater number will cool off. We, as a people, have forgotten how to love and accept one another. I pray for all the families and people affected by these killings and I fear they will continue until God’s Kingdom comes. The Bible also says the whole world lies in the power of the wicket one (the devil) who comes to kill, steal and destroy. But we are to take courage because Jesus said He has come to conquer Satan and will deal a death blow to his head, thus destroying him and his influence forever.


    Comment by fgassette | July 21, 2012 | Reply

    • I do believe it is a sign of the times and worse is yet to come. It saddens me the lack of love across the country but what gives me hope is that there are still people who love and care and have compassion. Heaven sweet heaven.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | July 22, 2012 | Reply

  5. Oh yes – this dreadful wondering….

    Comment by jmgoyder | July 21, 2012 | Reply

    • oh my goodness yes and now the accusations by people who are not even there. It is really sad.

      Comment by danLrene ©2011 | July 22, 2012 | Reply

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