Today is the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech. It serves to remind us, not only of this horrific event, but of our own tragedies. We take a moment of silence, breathe deeply, perhaps even choke back tears of remembrance. I was a junior in a high school a mere 10 miles away when the Columbine shootings occurred, walking in to my AP English Language & Composition class to find everyone silently mesmerized by the looping news footage.
It is in our nature not to believe that this is the end; as it has been said, "eternity is written on our hearts." And yet, tragedies prod us painfully into questioning that very nature; how can we reconcile God and man, good and evil? It is a question which has troubled mankind since our inception, but still we remain distant from a true comprehension, as each new instance of suffering simultaneously draws us closer and pushes us farther away. It is true to say that only God understands the full nature of man, though probable that we will never fully acknowledge that only God can reconcile man to Himself, not the other way around.
Verily, verily I say unto you: only the living suffer death.
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