Yes, the words of victims have special poignancy, but what they don’t have is any special truth. Grief drives us to look toward the heavens and demand an answer from any nearby Deity. Grief drives us to demand a solution to the fundamental insoluble problem, which is that the world is as it is. Bad things happen, often to good people, and grief drives us to…do something.
To me there is no greater sin…and I use the word “sin” specifically…than harnessing grief to serve a crass political agenda.
April 9th, 2012
[QTFMFT! The other side of this debate points at us as if we are heartless and have absolutely no empathy with the victims. That is merely a tactic they use to dehumanize their “enemy”.
We know that being a victim doesn’t make you magically knowledgeable about a subject. We know that the only thing it does is give you the perspective of being a victim. It doesn’t mean that because you say “Doing X” will actually make it better. Other than being a victim, what supporting facts and evidence do they have?
This comes right back to the rules for coping with tragedy.
There are those who hate those rules because emotion is the only argument they have. -B]