The kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School handled the shooter with a will to live which can only be described as defiant.
The parents at Sandy Hook Elementary School handled the shooter like parents, which is to say, “There But For The Grace of God Go I.”
Of course we don’t want to hear the 911 calls. There’s no context. This isn’t a movie. There’s no dramatic swelling of musical accompaniment to shepherd our emotions through the horror.
Of course we don’t want to hear the 911 calls. There hasn’t been enough time. With the benefit of time, we can add perspective, attributing the atrocity to another time, another place.
Of course we don’t want to hear the 911 calls. It’s uncomfortable.
Yes, we’ll light candles.
Yes, we’ll offer thoughts and prayers.
But enough is enough. Anything more, and we might have to do something about it. In order to do something about it, there would have to be reflection followed by effort.
Is there anything more uncomfortable than reflection followed by effort?
“Change Is Good” doesn’t mean change is good. It really means change is good for everyone else but me. It’s easy to say, “There But For The Grace Of God Go I.” Without effort, the words are lacking in grace.