Modern life isn’t what we figured a generation ago.
The world is way-more high-strung, more anxiety-filled and dangerous.
Just yesterday a couple of horrible tragedies — in Texas seven people were found shot to death in an apartment: The seven, believed to be related, were apparently in the process of opening Christmas gifts or had just finished doing so in the apartment’s living room area, said Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling.
One of those dead is believed to be the shooter.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut a woman lost her parents and children in a house fire: “It is a terrible, terrible day,” Mayor Michael Pavia told reporters at the scene of the fire. “There probably has not been a worse Christmas day in the city of Stamford.”
(Illustration found here).
Some bad things are worse than others, but as the world continues to construct its own coffin, the news in the immediate future won’t be pretty.
Maybe its the high-level ability to communicate anything really quickly — there’s no hush, hush any more, not for any length of time any way, and the pulse of life will only quicken as the days grow shorter, quicker.
Technology might have made it too easy to fail.
And be driven crazy.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
A 1-year-old boy survived on Christmas after being thrown out of a second-floor window in San Jose by his mother, who then leaped out after him, police said.
Baby and mother were rushed to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
The baby, whose name is being withheld, is in fair condition in the pediatrics unit where doctors are checking for possible brain injury, said Donna Etchell, a nursing supervisor.
He is expected to survive.
“We are exploring the possibility that she does have some mental health issues,” he (Sgt. Jason Dwyer, a police spokesman) said.
“It’s not something we can talk about at length, but we do believe that did have something to do with the motive and why she took the actions that she took today.”
“Everybody’s going to put their heads together and try to figure out the best thing to do,” he said.
“It’s not the kind of call we want to go to ever, especially on Christmas Day.”
Or maybe any other day.
Close with Mark Twain: Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.
Not by humans, anyway.