by Corinne Wnek
By the time I have listened to the morning news and had a good read of the newspaper, it’s a wonder that I can even leave the house. I feel the way the Wicked Witch of the West must have felt when she landed in Oz and was warned by the good witch Glenda, that a house could drop on her, too. Never mind Oz. What in the world is going on?
I can’t remember a time when everyday life was so fearful. Having information at our fingertips 24 hours a day brings tragic events from everywhere right into our homes with the click of the remote. Images of devastation from extreme weather, threats of nuclear war from our enemies and murder trials seem to dominate the news, obliterating any good news that is out there.
There’s a line in the first Godfather movie that offers an explanation to help us wrap our heads around the inexplicable. Michael Corleone, who is about to kill both a corrupt police chief and the head of a rival family, asks Clemenza, his ‘mentor’, how bad he thinks the fallout from the murders will be.
“Pretty damn bad”, Clemenza replies. “But that’s alright because these things gotta happen every five or ten years. It helps get out all the bad blood.” I guess that’s how he tried to understand senseless events. It was a ‘cleansing’ of sorts. You didn’t try to understand it.
Without question, the world is more visible to us today than it was 20 years ago. We can’t help but react to the tragedies suffered by others, like those in Moore, Oklahoma or Newtown, Connecticut. Sometimes, all we can offer is prayer and hope for their recovery to a life of some kind of new normal.
Whatever that is.
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