Today is a very sad day for Colorado and our country. The recent shooting will have the media rushing to place blame and punish the guilty. We will all debate and disagree on the reasons why tragedies like this keep happening. But I worry that we won't soon find a solution to this difficult problem, because this insidious violence has somehow infected all of us.
I'm not suggesting most of us are physically violent. We are not. For most of us our violence lives in how we accept violence in our society, in our media, in our games, in our foreign policy, in bullying at schools, in our caustic remarks online and more.
Each of us has our own list.
If we are going to fix this we will have to fix it from the inside out. From inside each of us to the outside of all of us. Today I'm not going to think about who is to blame. I'm not going to try to rush past the emotion into solutions. I'm just going to sit in the sadness. I'll pray for the victims and their families and the lost soul that caused so much pain and so much sadness.
Something is very wrong. And it isn't something wrong with "other" people or "crazy" people. It's our society and as a contributing member of that society I have to look inside and somehow make a change. Starting today.