Don't Despair. It's Always Been The Worst Of Times.

I know it's a world gone mad. 

But, really, it's always been a world gone mad. 

Take the Wall Street bombing

Killed 38, injured 143 - 300 

That was September 16, 1920. 

The bomb was in a horse-drawn wagon.

Or the Bath school disaster:

The Bath School disaster is the historical name of the violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan that killed 38 elementary school children and 6 adults, and injured at least 58 other people.Kehoe first killed his wife, fire-bombed his farm and set off a major explosion in the Bath Consolidated School, before committing suicide by detonating a final explosion in his truck. It is the deadliest mass murder in a school in United States history.
1927. The Good Ole Days.

This is a list of all the terrorism/bombings in the US from 1865. That's not including wars.

In the moment and for days, weeks - even years - it's always shocking.

But in a twisted way, it's encouraging to know that in spite of all our violent entertainment and media images, we are still shockable.

Of course, shockable things happen around the world, daily. I don't know if we can or should maintain or hold on to all the fear and pain of every tragedy if it doesn't directly affect us. 

Even while we do need to hold on to our outrage.

Despair and living in worry are impractical at best. Debilitating at worst.

I wonder if people in the past were able to move on and forward because even though there were horrors - and so many additional horrors of disease and accidents that we now more confidently prevent - they weren't vicariously saturated in - marinating in -every Tweet and blog post of seemingly every person on the planet..

London Blitz, WWII
It's good that we are empathetic.

But I think it's also important to step away at times so that we can stay mentally and spiritually intact enough to play the role of caretakers and game changers when needed.

I think we need to hold on to our perspective.

In some ways, it's always been the worst of times.

We'll get through. Again. 

Don't despair.


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S said...

I just read about the massacre of Frank Lloyd Wright's second wife, her children, a draftsman, and a few others at Taliesin in 1914. Yes, violence is not new. But I, too, am glad that we continue to find it shocking.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Thank you for your common sense. Now, instead of just telling people this, I will send a link to this post.

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