A reader: “Yes ! Yes! Yes! The thing I remember about the Columbine
school shootings was there was not a single report of the kids who were shot
fighting for their lives. There was a report of a kid begging for his life.
I saw not a single media commentator comment on this.
“I made certain my kids (now 21 and 23) clearly understood what was wrong
with that picture, and what my expectations are for me and for them should,
God forbid, we be put to the test.
“And we have, all of us, now been put to the test, haven’t we ? The global
test, you might say.
“Best Wishes ( and teach your children well)
This is a tricky one — I mean, very easy to talk about, but impossible to
know if we ourselves would measure up when put to the test. A large dose of
humility is in order. One reader has suggested that we should loudly
celebrate the Fabrizio Quatrocchis while just keeping decently quiet about
the Ken Bigleys. That is morally sound; though I’m not sure you can promote
and celebrate a thing while keeping silent about the opposite thing.
Philip Larkin, who was an atheist, said: “…Being brave / Lets no one off
the grave. / Death is no different whined at than withstood.” In an age
like this, when most people in the Western world don’t any longer believe in
life after death, that has strong appeal. Why not go out whining and
pleading? What difference does it make, when all’s said and done? My guess
is that a majority of Westerners feel that way in their hearts; and a HUGE
majority of those who are paid to form our opinions — teachers, media
folk — do. Who was it — can someone find the quote for me, please? –
said something like: “We live well nowadays, but we don’t live nobly.”