Wednesday, March 12, 2014

If you don't like the facts, make up your own!

I don't know how you stand on the gun control issue, and that's not the issue here. Talking about mass murders in America, Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, tells The New Yorker magazine, "With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he had the chance." He also said he knew Adam had killed the children at Sandy Hook before police announced the name of the shooter. That's bone-chilling, when you think about hearing breaking news like that and knowing right off that your offspring is behind the enormity.  

Again, there is no question about the who, the what, or the when and how. Lots of questions will linger eternally about the "why."  I can't wait to get my New Yorker in the mail this week and read Mr Lanza's thoughts.  I read online that he said not an hour of any day goes by that he doesn't think about that awful day in December, 2012.

There are other people who can say the same thing, but I have to wonder "why" about them, too.  They are the people who claim that the massacre at Sandy Hook School did not take place, that it was a hoax perpetrated by the government for reasons that are only clear within the murky depths of their own minds.  A teacher at some college called Florida Atlantic University, who probably was nowhere near Connecticut on the day in question, nonetheless questions what went on there that day.  The man who offered shelter to six children who fled the school in terror as the shooter carried out his hellish mission is harassed by "truthers" who claim he is a paid actor playing a part in a government coverup, covering up who knows what.  Even the parents of kids killed in the school receive mail and phone calls from nutbags who say they are part of a gigantic mass deception.  And the mother of Victoria Soto, a teacher who died in her classroom trying to protect the children, has a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of her daughter.   Don't go to the page if you are easily made nauseated.  A woman recently sent a Paypal donation of 1 cent to the site toward a memorial for Vicki Soto, and blasted the martyred teacher's mom in the most vile terms possible for her part in the "hoax."  

And of course, some denier has produced a video that purports to show all the inconsistencies and fake facts behind the scam.  You can buy a copy of the video for just $25.  Making money off the sorrow and pain of others is such a nice way to feather one's nest.

Speaking of feathers, there was another myth floating around in the Greek mythology days, a tale in which Icarus, the son of master craftsman Daedalus, attempts to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned.   This is how they told each other that pride and too much self-confidence, not to mention failure to follow directions, lead to a fall from grace.

Greeks made up myths to help themselves understand the incomprehensible. Apparently, so do some Americans.

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