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Words Fail Me

I could not write another post without addressing the horrific killings in Newtown Connecticut. I would feel negligent and insensitive. Something must be said, but truly, I felt inadequate to the task. How can mere words convey my horror, pain and sorrow. Then yesterday, I read an article in The Onion. Yes, The Onion of all places and they said it perfectly. If swearing offends you, go no further. I feel this is perfect.

I then found the antidote to this pain. Looking at the positive people we have in this world. Read further below  “10 Amazing People I know– My Reply to Yesterday’s School Shootings” from the website www.Obviouslywrong.org.

This is taken from www.theOnion.com December 14th, 2012

Fuck Everything, Nation Reports

Just Fuck It All To Hell

NEWS • News • Dec 14, 2012

“I mean, Christ almighty, how the fuck can this happen?” sources say
WASHINGTON—Following the fatal shooting this morning at a Connecticut elementary school that left at least 27 dead, including 20 small children, sources across the nation shook their heads, stifled a sob in their voices, and reported fuck everything. Just fuck it all to hell.All of it, sources added.“I’m sorry, but fuck it, I can’t handle this—I just can’t handle it anymore,” said Deborah McEllis, who added that “no, no, no, no, no, this isn’t happening, this can’t be real.” “Seriously, what the hell is this? What’s even going on anymore? Why do things like this keep happening?”Continued McEllis, before covering her face with her hands, “Why?”Despairing sources confirmed that the gunman, armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle—a fucking combat rifle, Jesus—walked into a classroom full of goddamned children where his mother was a teacher and, good God, if this is what the world is becoming, then how about we just pack it in and fucking give up, because this is no way to live.I mean, honestly, all 315 million Americans confirmed.“Well, I suppose we have to try to pick up the pieces and make some sort of sense of this tragedy and—you know what? Fuck it, I can’t do this,” said Connecticut resident Michael Zaleski, his remarks understandable given the circumstances, because, holy shit, what else can one say? “I’m sorry, but I can’t fucking do this. Can you? Can anyone?”Witnesses said the gunman fired at least 100 rounds during his deadly rampage, which, according to children in the school—goddamnit, how? How? Twenty children. Dead. In a fucking school.No. No, no, no.“I just feel so [why does it even matter what this person said when no words can bring 20 dead kids back to life?]” said some person who, just like everyone else, is completely unable to process or handle any of this. “It’s awful. Just too awful to bear.”Americans reported feelings of overwhelming disgust with whatever abhorrent bastard did this and with the world at large for ever allowing it to happen, as well as with politicians, with the NRA, and above all with their own pathetic goddamn selves, sitting in front of a fucking computer instead of doing fucking anything to help anyone—Christ, as if that were even fucking possible, as if anyone could change what happened, as if the same fucking bullshit isn’t going to keep happening again and again and fucking again before people finally decide it’s time to change the way we live, so what’s the point? What the hell is the goddamned point?“I…” said Tom Miller, 27, after reading an article about the tragedy online. “I just…”“…” he added.At press time…screw it, there’s nothing else to say.

Then I read an antidote to what is so wrong in our world. From the website http://www.obviouslywrong.org

10 Amazing People I Know — My Reply To Yesterday’s School Shootings 

Like everyone I know, yesterday was filled with sadness, horror. 27 dead, 20 children.

The only article I read (of dozens) that meant anything to me was Fuck Everything. The Onion nailed it: Why bother? Words can’t describe the tragedy. Why even try?

I’m not going to lobby for gun control or defend gun rights. I don’t want to argue morality or mental disease. There are plenty of people doing those things already.

Late last night, I saw a tweet from my friend Jessica Jackley, one of Kiva’s co-founders:


weight of today lodged in my heart, left no rm for sleep. drawn to my babies. finding peace sitting btwn cribs in the dark, a hand on each.

weight of today lodged in my heart, left no rm for sleep. drawn to my babies. finding peace sitting btwn cribs in the dark, a hand on each.

I remember meeting her years ago and realizing, midway through lunch, that I was going to have to invent a new category of people for her: courageously kind. It’s a different kind of kindness — one that requires strength, one that requires courage, one that knows kindness is often taken advantage of but is kind anyways.

And that’s what I want to talk about instead. Yes, there is evil in the world. Yes, there is death — unfair, untimely death. There is apathy, there is greed, there is awfulness. But, there is also goodness in this world. Real goodness.

Yesterday, someone tried to steal that from us.

Well, fuck that. I refuse. There is goodness, I know this. There is kindness, I know this too. There is courage, genuineness, raw messy inner human beauty — all of this I know.

I know this because, over the past five years of building Vittana, I’ve had the genuine honor (pleasure!) of getting to know some of the most amazing people in the world. I don’t think of them as amazing — they’re just my friends. But, they are amazing.

On a day where some guy tried to steal our goodness from us, I’d like you to meet some of them.

Why? Maybe they’ll do for you what they did for me — remind me that there is real goodness in this world.

  • Jessica JackleyJessica Jackley — She inspired the definition of courageously kind. Her TED talk was one of the most courageous talks I have ever seen — you can literally see the love and soul she put into building Kiva. Enough said.
  • Jose Antonio VargasJose Antonio Vargas — He’s one of the bravest men I know. A Pullitzer Prize-winning journalist, he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant last year so he could fight for immigrants’ rights.
  • Jim FruchtermanJim Fruchterman — I love Jim. He’s one of the dorkiest, happiest, smartest people I know. A rocket scientist turned social entrepreneur, he invented OCR good enough to read all printed text in 1982 and then built reading machines for the blind with it. Oh, and he’s also a certified genius.
  • Rand FishkinRand Fishkin — I want to be Rand when I grow up. Like all founders, he’s gone through heaven and hell, but he’s talked about everything openly — the good, the bad, the awful. He lives and breathes TAGFEE. He’s one of the most genuine, open, courageous tech founders you’ll ever meet.
  • Charles BestCharles Best — Spend 15 minutes with Charles and you’ll walk away happier, grounded, energized. A teacher in the Bronx, hefounded DonorsChoose in 2000 to help his fellow teachers afford school supplies. And because he didn’t know that many donors back then, he secretly funded the first dozen projects… on a teacher’s salary.
  • Alexis OhanianAlexis Ohanian — He might have founded reddithipmunkand breadpig, he might be writing a book that’ll rock your world or be going to the White House Christmas party, and he might also only be 29… but you’d never know that by talking to him — he’s one of the nicest, most genuine, humble guys you’ll ever meet.
  • Eric StoweEric Stowe — Eric founded Splash in 2006, working to get kids around the world access to clean water. They’re serving 250,000+ kids a day — it’s truly incredible to see them scale.
  • Nancy LublinNancy Lublin — Nancy runs DoSomething.org. In less than 12 hours, they found a way to help the victims of yesterday’s shooting.Text HOPE to 38383 to send a prayer to the familiesaffected by yesterday’s shooting. They will be hand-delivered on Monday.
  • Kristina AndersonKristina Anderson — Here’s the thing: Yesterday was the second-worst school shooting in American history. Virginia Tech was the worst.Kristina is a survivor of Virginia Tech. She was shot multiple times, survived, made it through physical therapy, and has nowdedicated her life to fighting for safe schools.
  • A music teacher, a custodian, a principalA music teacher, a custodian, a principal — A music teacher who saved 15 kids by hiding them in a closet; a custodianrunning in the halls, yelling “Guys! Get down! Hide!”; a principal who gave her life trying to save her students.

What more can I say? They’re our heroes and angels today.

Who do you know that reminds you there’s still goodness in this world? In the middle of everything else, take a moment to reflect on the goodness, courage and humanity that still exists all around us.


Thank you to http://www.theonion.com and http://www.obviouslywrong.org

You have said it perfectly.


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  • SilverFoxyBlog.com - Perfect! Language accepted, the only words to use to express our collective anger!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hope I don’t offend too many people. But the act itself was so offensive that these are merely words. “Sticks and Stones…”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - I agree. My friend’s boyfriend was on an airplane (where you can now get internet) and he saw it posted…his son goes to the adjacent school (the junior high). I can only imagine what was going through his mind, not being able to get to his son immediately. As a mother, this is the most terrifying nightmare in the world.ReplyCancel

      • sandra - I cannot even imagine what these parents are experiencing. Maybe I don’t even want to know. Devastation to themselves their families and the rest of their lives. Horrifying.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Ross - I would rather offend someone than stand mute condoning their reasoning on why more guns will make us safe. An 11 year old boy in Portland, took the family gun and tried to carjack a women. His father is being charged for not securing his weapons. This kid sounds like he’s headed for real trouble. This wasn’t the first incident where he was menacing.

    First ban assault weapons. Tax ammunition. We might not get rid of all the guns in the US, but we can make it so expensive for them to buy ammunition, they’ll become obsolete. Best way I know to get rid of the deficit. 🙂

    I would like see a law where guns in the home are required to be locked. They can hold random checked much like getting picked for jury duty to inspect your home to be sure your guns are secure. Still fines for anyone that does not securely lock up guns.

    You might enjoy these articles as well.



    • sandra - This kid ( I won’t even say his name) was very sick. Killing his mother first? That’s some kind of crazy. I find the articles about gun control make me crazy. Who needs an assault rifle?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Hey! I know Jim Fruchterman! Did work for him at one point!

    Thank you for some uplifting data. So needed.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - That’s exactly how I felt. I needed know that there were some wonderful people out there. How exciting to work for Jim Fructerman. Were you aware of what a genius he was? Did you work with him? Very exciting.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Words also fail me at this time, Sandy. I was angered when I heard the news. Angry with politicians and the NRA.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - We need mental health facilities and programs also. Have you been reading about mothers who are afraid of their children, yet do not have places to help them or hold them? Scary.ReplyCancel

      • Sandra - Wow. How sad and difficult a situation like that must be. I do know that it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to reason with someone who is mentally ill and unstable.ReplyCancel

        • sandra - He was obviously mentally ill. You do not shot your mother four times and then go out and kill innocent children. Then again what mother teaches an unstable child to shoot? And why are automatic riffles available for anyone to purchase. The whole thing is a pitiful and sad mess.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Love the photos. The dialogue …the thoughts..everything ..read the Onion pieces and your thoughts..agree..agree..agree..
    Have a healthy and blessed 2013
    Love, LReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you for your compliments. May your family be healthy and blessed also in 2013! Love to you Linda.ReplyCancel

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