Mysteries that slap us in the face
You know those kid questions, such as: “Why is the sky blue?”
There may be a satisfying scientific explanation for that one.
But then as we grow, maybe in our teens, there are: “Why is anything, anything?” Followed by: “Could there really not be anything, just nothing?”
Unless we devote our lives to religion or philosophy, most of us stop asking such questions. We get busy doing other things.
Even as we live much of our lives amid unfathomable mysteries, we become content with that.
Yet, some mysteries can't be avoided, are more immediate and are more troublesome.
Sept. 11, 2001– Newtown, Conn. – Boston. These are such mysteries, and there are many others that slap us in the face.
Knowing who or how does not settle down our need to stare into an abyss and wonder why. We may find solace; yet the mystery persists.
We are forever pained. In the sense that we all walked on the moon in the late 1960s, we are collectively victims of these horrible acts in America and elsewhere.
Wisdom creeps about the edges of our pondering. Such as the time I heard author Wayne Dyer say that people are looking for reasons to be offended; I found some understanding in that.
Or more recently, when I read from some source or another that it is impossible to win an emotional argument. The gun-control debate is an example.
Thousands killed in the wink of an eye in Manhattan; 20 children and six adults gunned down in an elementary school, three killed and more than 100 injured on a Boston street.
What did perpetrators think would be accomplished? Whatever their “messages,” they were completely lost in the horror. There is nowhere for the intellect to get a grasp, to comprehend, to apply balm to our sore brains and bleeding hearts.
Children – children just learning about life's mysteries — are killed, or lose parents or loved ones and survivors among them see that this is the way of the world even as they don't comprehend. They look to their adults, and we are simply dumbfounded.
You can't win an emotional argument, best not to try. Remain quiet, offer a comforting smile.
On NBC news a girl and her mom talked in Boston about lessons learned. The girl paraphrased what her mom just said, that hatred is not the answer. She was so sweet.
Hatred is not the answer to any of these mysteries.
As I write I look on my desk at pictures of a son, two daughters, four granddaughters and realize these are not mysteries that I can justly ignore.
So I resolve again to be loving, be caring, be compassionate, be understanding.
It starts at home. Where it ends, if it ends, how it ends? We must with that mystery, and stay home where the heart is and hope and pray for the best result.
We collectively walked on the moon, we can collectively spread what is good. That is less a mystery and more a challenge for this age.
Meandering appears Fridays. To share your thoughts on this column (or on most anything) with News Editor Mike O'Hare, write to the Leader Times, P.O. Box 978, Kittanning, PA 16201 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Apple Hill Playhouse takes on an updated ‘Snow White’
- Kittanning’s Keibler, Freeport’s Kelley named Leader Times Baseball, Softball Players of the Year
- Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville all-stars advance
- Springdale counters despair with ‘HOPE’
- McKeesport-raised golfer maintains pro dream in Arizona
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- Don’t remove history’s lessons
- Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
- Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain
- 87th St. Rita’s Festival scheduled in Connellsville