There was a passing reference on the news last night as I drifted off to sleep. It didn’t sink in even a little bit.
But, ever since 9/11, I turn on the news pretty much every single morning. First thing. Every day.
It’s a way that I can assure myself that the world is still turning.
Except that once in awhile, I wake up to news like what’s unraveling right this moment in Las Vegas.
I couldn’t process it. I just sat there, staring at the TV, stunned. Like, I’m really not even sure what to say right now because it’s so terrible it’s beyond comprehension.
As I do with most unfolding situations these days, I turned to Twitter, looking to commiserate with parts of the country that were already awake. Because I get up super early, so most of the people I know were still asleep.
Now, I should have known. Should have seen it coming. Because it’s the way of the world these days. But I found myself stunned by the vitriol.
The hatred being spewed from both sides just turned my stomach.
This is still breaking news. It hasn’t even been 12 hours. There are still victims who haven’t been identified and relatives that haven’t been contacted.
And yet, people are making their conclusions and accusations and saying all kinds of unfounded things and declaring that the other side is more hateful than they are.
Can we please not?
Can there just be a 24 hour moratorium on the political commentary?
Is it possible to just be sad together for a day before we start the debates on how to keep it from happening again?
Apparently that’s too much to ask. At least in this day.
I just can’t help but think back to 9/11. We were so united. We didn’t cast blame. Or condemn the “other side.” Not right away. We just felt the sadness together. Let it envelope us.
I don’t know why this guy shot the music festival attendees in Las Vegas. It was clearly planned out and those people were his targets.
But today? I don’t even care why. I’ll worry about that tomorrow.
Right now I’m just profoundly sad. And also kind of scared because I know some people who live in Vegas. People who easily could have been there. One that was supposed to be there and wasn’t.
Motives and blame and prevention are conversations for later.
Today, I just want to be sad. Because that’s how I feel.
And I just can’t help but think about how divided we are today. And it adds to the sadness. If we can’t even come together and unite in the wake of something this terrible and tragic, how do we move forward together?