Who among us hasn’t been pained by the massacre of innocents, children and their teachers, in Newtown, Connecticut ? We seek understanding and consolation and yearn to offer the same. However, when we call the killings a “tragedy”, we inadvertently increase the pain. Tragedy, as the Greeks so aptly named and taught, involves the suffering in responsibility for their demise– hardly the case in Newtown.
Not one of us believes those slaughtered to have any part in their deaths. Therefore, let’s call this for what is– evil, not tragedy.