Tuesday, April 17, 2007

33 in Blacksburg

Candles won't bring back the students and faculty who died in the shootings in Blacksburg, Virginia, yesterday. Visits by politicians, elegies for the dead, investigations, programs on TV, web graphics illustrating the series of deaths--none of those things will return the 32 victims and their killer to the living. But for the people closest to those who died or were injured, the outpouring of emotions and activities are reminders that we live interconnected, interwoven lives, that each person is the hub of a universe they populate with friends, enemies, teachers, and family, with a world of people on the fringe. We are all part of one world, and the tragic loss of so many people with dreams is a tragedy that touches us who live far from this western Virginia campus.

1 comment:

Deana said...

In my Intro to Lit class today, we discussed "Musee des Beaux Arts." The images from Virginia Tech that many of us had viewed while eating breakfast brought meaning to Auden's lines on suffering: "how it takes place/While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along."