Even though I don't normally write about about the news, I felt compelled to write down my thoughts on the Virginia Tech tragedy. When I heard the news, I began to cry. The senselessness of this extremely violent act touched me at a very deep level -- I felt the pain of the students and faculty and staff who were the direct victims, I hurt for the people who lost loved ones, I grieved for the family of the shooter, and I cried for our entire society, where things like this shouldn't happen, but do.
We need to become better as a society at being aware of individuals' pain, and expressing our own pain, so that this kind of thing will be less likely to happen in the future. We need to show compassion and interest in every individual. We need to support one another so that nobody ever falls through the safety net. We need to know that, even though we are a nation of rugged individuals, we are all in this together.
My sympathy and prayers go out to all the students, staff, family and friends of Virginia Tech.