Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shot in the dark


Yesterday, a professor at my university went a bit nuts and shot his ex-wife and two other people. When I say "a bit nuts," I think I'm still trying to process what this means. He was a normal guy with two young children -- his graduate student described him as nice, and had just played softball with him the week before. What would motivate him to turn from his tenure-track job, pick up a gun and shoot people? Considering that his ex-wife was involved, I ponder that it had to do with jealousy. Chilling thought: he left his children in his jeep while he mowed down their mother with bullets.

I have yet to figure out the switch to toggle inside that makes killing okay (this is probably a good thing). The army obviously knows how to turn on this switch -- I think it involves making another person inhuman so that you don't have to think about the impact that his or her death might have on their families. In the case of a murder out of jealousy, perhaps it isn't taking away humanity so much as getting to a point in one's head where death is the only proper punishment for the pain inside... Iunno. Deep thoughts for a Sunday, but it's better for me to comprehend why than to think that just anyone at my university could pick up a gun and go on a spree...

I'm wearing dark clothing by Blue Blood for a dark day...


***Nails: Schadenfreude silver glitter manicure
***Earrings: Balderdash be still my dangling heart
***Shoes: Shooz slut pumps
***Lip: Flipside Kitteh bell mouth piercing
***Skin: Den-Dou Oiran skin Heidi
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Leah Dark Blood
***Outfit: Blue Blood Beckoning Female - Red
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