April 17, 2007

Two Things...

1.) You can't change the past.

2.) You can't predict the future.

After being deluged with accounts of the Killings at Virginia Tech for merely a day, I'm already OVER IT!. TV, InterWeb, Radio, I can't frickin' get away from it. It's not the actual news that's bothering me, it's all the talking heads that are bloviating about it between the arrival of facts. The ones that have an agenda are trying to use this act as a means to their end. The ones that have no agenda are merely spewing inanities just to get on the radio or TV.

To all the armchair quarterbacks out there saying that "They should have done this or that, or should have done that or this better": The act is done. If you've got nothing constructive to add and are just trying to lay blame on anyone and everyone (however tangential), here's a factoid for you... You can't make these people not be dead (see #1 above) and even if you were there, you probably would have acted similarly (see #2 above).

To all the "We've got to DO SOMETHING!" folks out there: The act is done. Any rule or regulation that you add or omit will do nothing to make these people not be dead. (see #1 above) and whatever rule or regulation that you add or omit may or may not have any bearing on whether or not something like this will happen again (see #2 above).

To all the people who have been in the media who were on that 26,000 member campus and had no contact with the gunman or did nothing to assist the wounded: I hope you've enjoyed your fifteen minutes of fame... Was it worth it?

In my opinion, everyone just needs to calm down. For your soul, pray for the families and the wounded. For your heart, grieve for the lost. For your emotions, hold your family close and let them know you Love them. For your mind, think of ways that you could avoid being a victim in a similar situation. For your peace, turn off the damn TV and do one of the above.

Above all, remember items #1 and #2, as they are Facts that cannot be refuted, and pleasepleasePlease... Shut The Fuck Up and get on with your life. Thanks.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at April 17, 2007 08:07 PM | TrackBack

BRAVO!!! Well said Johnny! I'm with you 100%.

Posted by: Teresa at April 17, 2007 10:42 PM

Bravo indeed! Very well said!!!

Posted by: Richmond at April 18, 2007 07:56 AM

Wow. That was very well stated and thoughtful. Good job!

Posted by: Jerry at April 19, 2007 12:59 AM

That penultimate paragraph says it all. Thanks.

Posted by: Elisson at April 19, 2007 08:22 AM

Well-deserved public back-patting here:


Posted by: Harvey at April 21, 2007 12:53 AM

Prargraph 5. Pithy. Honest. Nice to see.

Posted by: Tuck at April 22, 2007 08:56 AM

I agree. 100%. and you nailed, for me, the part about everyone second guessing. It makes me sick. I'm done with it. I'm about to ban news TV from my home.

Posted by: Bou at April 23, 2007 08:50 AM