Sorry, folks, but I have to vent a bit. I'm am very upset by the events in Connecticut. I find it repulsive to comfort ourselves with thoughts that these children are in a "better place." The slaves were comforted by being told they would be free after they died. The poor are told they will have a better life someday, the abused that their abusers will pay when they die, etc. The truth is that this comfort helps people accept what should, in my mind, not be accepted -- that everything is alright, that everything is for the good in the end.
Everything is not all right! Everything is not "good!"
We need to do something about these things, not convince ourselves that dead children are better off than if they were back in school today. How about comforting ourselves by taking action rather than sitting back and trying to heal our wounds? Let these children haunt us! Let their unlived lives grind away at our guts! Let us mourn what is a loss for them and us and not comfort ourselves. We need to be uncomfortable with these events.
Dare to not accept any assurance in this. Act!