A few years back I began the ‘WOW’ weekly entries. At the time, WOW stood for ‘Whacked Out Wednesday.’ As of today’s entry, I am thinking that WOW is an acronym for far more than a day of the week, but instead should stand for a Whacked Out World.
Most all of us are certainly aware of the horrific and destructive hurricane that devastated parts of the U.S. mainland. That a subsequent hurricane would be so totally destructive of Puerto Rico and other islands has added to our understanding of just how vulnerable we who are human are to so-called ‘Natural Disasters.’
But who could have imagined that so soon after these forms of destruction, an apparently ‘lone gunman’ would choose to use high-powered weapons to randomly wound and kill so many innocent attenders of an open-air concert?
Given that the gunman took his own life prior to his capture, we have little knowledge of what could possibly have been his motive. Whether or not his female partner (who was out of the country at the time of his actions) can – or will – fill in the missing pieces of what would have led to the taking of so many innocent lives, coupled with the wounding of so many others, remains to be seen.
Through the years I’ve thought at times
“Could it get any worse than this?”
Thankfully, there have typically been periods of ‘normalcy’ subsequent to such periods. During those times, it seemed that “All hell was breaking loose.” However, who knows what the next weeks and months will bring in terms of either natural or human-acts of destruction.
We live in times that definitely ‘try the souls’ of men and women, but I am thankful for the many who join me in being ‘faith-filled.’ Such faith is not naive. In my case it does not include the belief that all that transpires is the result of the ‘Will of God.’ Rather, it is a faith that believes human freedom of will is a reality with, obviously, evidence of courage and cowardice and, hopefully and prayerfully, of peace, and deep gratitude.
Let us pray in our own ways, in many tongues, and through many traditions, that we will find paths toward unity and mutual cooperation. May we avoid acting in ways that demean not only other humans, but that threaten and/or destroy nature and its various creatures as well.