20 children were murdered plus 6 other adults. A 27 year old teacher led her class into a closet and shielded them from the hail of gunfire that ended her life. The dead children were no older than 7. The shooter’s mother was murdered by her son. So much death and so many young, innocent children were killed having done nothing “wrong” except attended school that day.
The parents of these children will likely never fully recover and maybe one of them would have discovered a cure for Cancer or have become president of the United States.
We’ll never know what might have been.
And so now is the time that many people seek an answer to that eternal question: Why?
Factually, these people died because someone shot them, multiple times.
This answer satisfies few people.
The most difficult thing to accept is that there really is no reason all of these children and their teachers died. Call it being at the wrong place at the wrong time or bad luck. But there isn’t any deeper reason nor is there any meaning behind their death. They did not die to save somebody else. There is no higher purpose to these people no longer being alive just as there was no deeper meaning behind their births.
We can try and satisfy our human need to believe in something bigger than ourselves by saying things like “God needed more angels in Heaven” or “Their deaths will provide an inspiration to make schools safer” but these are just things people do to try and make themselves feel better.
Human history is extraordinarily violent and, until very recently, most people didn’t even live to see 40 years of age. A simple fall could lead to infection and death within days and things that we take for granted such as clean water were a luxury until 100 years ago and, in most parts of the world, still are a luxury.
We hear about people dying when they are 65 or 70 and we think how “young” they were. And so when an event like Friday happens, and 26 people’s lives are ended we are shocked because we are forced to acknowledge that the world is a very dangerous place and there are no guarantees in this life.
Perhaps the most dangerous thing in life is forgetting how dangerous life really is.