A time for healing, not hate

Posted: April 19, 2007 in america

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of Monday’s tragic events at Virginia Tech. I hope somehow they can find the strength and healing they need. I don’t pretend to be an expert in this; I think everyone needs and deserves the opportunity to grieve, find comfort, and recover in their own way.

At times like this, when so many lives have been so cruelly ended by a deranged, damaged young man, the temptation to succumb to hate can be overwhelming. But we must resist it at all costs. Last night on Fox News I watched Geraldo Rivera describe Cho Cheung-Hui as a “loser”, “scum” and, perhaps worst of all, a “dog.” As tempting as it is to dehumanize the perpetrators of such crimes, we must always remember that even the worst among us are still human.

Cho had a family, who are also grieving in their own way. Remember that, and pray for them.

Do not give in to hate, the way Mr. Rivera did. The type of sensationalistic rhetoric for which he is most notable is not merely unprofessional, it is hurtful and ultimately demeaning of us all.

Cho was not a “dog.” He was a human being. He may have been damaged, deranged, tormented and ill beyond belief, but he was still human. He and his family, like his victims and their families, deserve our prayers and sympathy.

Hate will get us nowhere.

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