Sandy Hook Elementary School

I believe that some people either may be purely evil or are influenced by evil to the point of control. I don’t believe that tragedies of this type are caused by misunderstood people who had a tough childhood. There’s more to it than that.

Philosophically, evil may be a force of its own, or may merely be a void where goodness has been denied a place.

When we see people doing “good” we see them helping others. We see that they don’t place their own wants, fears, needs and beliefs ahead of everyone else. They place others at least on par with, if not above themselves.

The ultimate example, of course, was Jesus.

There is a quote, often attributed to Edmund Burke, which says, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.”

After each senseless tragedy we take measures to improve security, change the tactics that first responders use and provide training for key people such as teachers.

Most of us, though, are left to stand by and watch in disbelief and grief, wishing we could do something.

I propose one more measure. Each of us blessed with Faith says that he or she places their future in God‘s hands. We also believe that He listens to our prayers.

If you don’t often pray, take time, right now, to pray. You don’t have to ask for anything in particular, just reach out to God.

Maybe if enough good people do something evil will not be so successful.

4 responses to “Sandy Hook Elementary School

  1. Very, very beautiful, Steve. And, you’re right: Prayer, God, reconciliation, and understanding is key today for all of us–especially when facing evil and senseless acts of violence and murder.

    How do “we” become more aware of others in our midst–especially our youth who are troubled? The only thing I can think of is the age-old refrain: “Our youth are not “things” to be molded, but persons to be unfolded!”

    For whatever reason, I am reminded of three youths expelled from their schools. One because he was always drawing pictures in geography class, the other because he was constantly fighting during recreation, and the third because he kept revolutionary literature under his mattress. No one today remembers the valedictorians or the bright boys of those classes, but there is no one in the world who does not know the first boy who was Hitler; the second, who was Mussolini; and the third, who was Stalin. How their parents, neighbors and teachers must have wished they had been more aware and perhaps more patient.

    Youth have higher aspirations than adults generally suspect, but adults don’t always nurture those aspirations, nor guide them to the heights. The young people of today seem to have a spirit of sacrifice and a readiness for surrender which seems to go untapped. Unfortunately, our youth do not know and thus can’t tell us the instinctive reason why they rebel… sometimes by withdrawing from humanness.

    So, what’s the answer to our youth’s motivation? Happiness is the secret motive of all we do and of all we are willing to endure. How do we find this “hot button” in our youth? I think patience, conversation and continuous interest are keys. I think troubled students are to some degree like literacy-challenged students: They need differentiated attention and instruction. Most of our youth need the building blocks of trust, hope, confidence, and a vision of their future.

    What does it mean when “adults” fold their own arms? Is it just stubbornness? An expression of frustration? Dissatisfaction? Lack of interest? Inability to express themselves? A call to be touched, hugged? I know this may sound a bit Ann Sullivan/Helen Keller-ish. And while I admit I have no concrete answers, I can see this: When our youth unfold their arms and show a smile they cannot transform into a verbal thank you–and thereafter express an exposed open heart—we will be as immobilized as they once were.

    This 20-year old Lanza young man did an evil thing by murdering 20 kids and 4 adult educators…all innocents. How troubled and hopeless he must have been. His mind, heart and soul certainly must have been hurting.
    There’s no explanation, only understanding through faith and prayer.

  2. Evil is a pressure that presses against all things at once. It is something that must be resisted at all times because if you do not resist it then it will fill that place .

    Some people do not see that evil takes over one small bit at a time until it becomes pervasive. But just as a room full of candles can hardly notice the death of one candle, the light does diminish and darkness grows. If the candles are replaced as they die then the light prevails. But a time can come with neglect where so many candles have gone out that they can not be replaced faster than they die off, and in that soul, without help, darkness will be the end.

  3. Evil was Lucifer saying “not your way God but mine.” It’s what happens when rebellion against God occurs. Lucifer was renamed Satan. He leads the third of the fallen angels that were cast out of Heaven in rebellion against God. We have to pray. It is our finest weapon against such influences. When we pray we exalt the Almighty by recognizing God as such. His protection is implicitly charged, Psalm 91:1 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”

  4. Reblogged this on Imranahmedjafri and commented:
    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.”…..

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