LEARN! … By the Spirit™ with Jerricia J. Ulmer, M. Ed.
Creating a World of Patience & Tolerance
July 23, 2012
© 2012 Jerricia J. Ulmer
The July 20th killing of 12 people and injury of 58 others in an Aurora, Colorado picture show touched the nation. I try to avoid watching the news because of the seemingly rampant occurrences of such morbid atrocities, but by 7 A.M., before my first cup of coffee, I was well informed. Less than 6 hours after the killings, a whole time zone away, people were mourning.
Our hearts and prayers certainly go out to the victims and their families. But today, during his first court appearance, I couldn’t help but notice the face of Aurora shooter James Holmes. As I exercised profusely on the gym elliptical machine, my ears were tuned to Shine’s energizing, self-affirming “I Will Tell Myself”, but my eyes were tuned to the CNN broadcast and James Holmes’ face, his wildly dyed hair, his eyes that seemed to vacillate between mania and misery. I was moved to put him in the victim column too.
This may draw some criticisms, but his pain is undeniable. Anyone who meditates for months on how to hurt and kill a mass of people is aching. And hurt people hurt people. (more…)