Preventing Tragedy is More Important than Understanding it

Whenever a tragedy such as the massacre in Aurora, Colorado occurs, everyone tries to find answers.  How could this have happened?  Who is this person?  Who are his parents?  What was his motive?  There are many questions but few answers.   It’s no different than any senseless tragedy including Columbine which occurred not far from the Aurora shootings.  What caused two high school students to go off the deep end and massacre their classmates?  Quite frankly, in both cases, there are no answers.  As much as we need them, there are no explanations for such senseless heinous acts and destruction of human life.  People will always search for answers because such acts are incomprehensible to the average person.  But I don’t believe we need to find the causes and motivations because ultimately it doesn’t help.  Psychiatrists already know what goes wrong when people become unhinged.  There are volumes on the topic; physical abuse, sexual abuse, schizophrenia.  It’s time to stop looking for answers to why things happen and search for solutions for preventing such tragedies.  We re-act as opposed to pro-act.  But it’s too late once it’s done.  I find it curious that a crazy person boobie traps his entire apartment and not one person had even the slightest hint of anything being wrong.  We must sharpen our senses no matter how much we doubt ourselves.  Being a good martial artist is as much about being aware of your surroundings as actual fighting.  It’s about a heightened sense of awareness.  We need to look after each other.  Look no further than all of the incidences on planes since 9-11.  People immediately jump out their seats to get involved because they understand the seriousness of the situation.  Just because we’re on the ground and not in a plane doesn’t make the need to get involved any less critical.  We need to raise our children to be good, decent, productive, law-abiding citizens.  We need to get involved if there are issues with our neighbors no matter how uncomfortable it may be.  As the saying states regarding possible terrorism, “if you see something, say something”.  Of course as a free society we must accept that we can’t stop every single evil person from committing terrible acts, but there is so much more we can and must do.   At this very moment there is another crazy malcontent planning a heinous crime.

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