Every time I pick up a newspaper and read about another killing at a college campus I ask myself what the hell is going on?
This time it is a Harvard educated professor of biology at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. A college freaking professor!! I don’t know the complete story, but she allegedly killed three fellow biology professors and wounded three others at a departmental meeting to discuss tenure.
Who in their right mind comes to a departmental meeting on a college campus with a loaded gun? How does someone come to that decision in the first place?
The larger rhetorical question is have we gone insane as a society and just don’t know it?
Twenty minutes into the local news, “And now, some tragic news out of Huntsville. A college professor shot and killed… .” “In other news, firemen rescued a dog that had fallen through the ice… .” “Honey, dinner is ready.” And life goes on.
But does it? What is happening in our collective subconscious? It almost appears that this kind of rage has become an accepted method for lashing out at something or someone we don’t like. Is a middle-aged Harvard educated woman, a professor of a science of life – biology – really crazy?
It is almost eerie that after her arrest she could be heard saying, “It didn’t happen. There’s no way…they are still alive.” What, did she really think she was playing Call of Duty on XBox? Gives one pause, doesn’t it?
How do we return as a society to the sanctity of life? How many times have you heard your kids say “if you do such and such I’ll kill you”?
Maybe we ought to start there.