Daily Thoughts


March 18, 2018

Life Is Precious

Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash

Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash

“Life is to be entered upon with courage.” – Alexis de Tocqueville


Something disturbing happened yesterday in a medium-size town in Southern California. Maybe you read about it. A 33-year-old man shot his 30-year-old ex-wife in the stationery store where she worked and turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. It happened in an upscale shopping mall near where I live. According to news reports, the two were arguing before shots were fired. Shoppers panicked at the sounds of gunfire, scurrying for safety, fearing there was an active shooter on the premises. The mall quickly went on lockdown.

The wife died, but the man is hospitalized in critical condition. The couple had children, who are reportedly staying with a family member and are unhurt.

This incident affected me deeply, not only for the fact that our city has been listed as one of America’s safest cities for years, but also because of the panic the shooting caused in the mall, nearby neighborhoods and the entire city.

I was just at the mall two days before and my husband and I walked right past the stationery store the day prior. Little did we know the violence that would erupt that week. In fact, I almost went there that exact time for take-out at one of the mall’s many restaurants. We ate home instead, fortunately sparing us the terrifying experience.

Is this what society has come to, when people fear walking about and going about their daily activities, recreation and leisure pursuits, shopping, eating at restaurants, meeting up with friends at the local mall?

Thinking about the incident, I’m struck by the quick action taken by the police to safeguard everyone in the mall. The bystanders, while panicked, used common sense and took cover. Customers at upscale department stores said they were informed over the loudspeaker that there’d been an incident and the store would be locked. Everyone remained calm, although they used their smartphones to search for specifics on what happened.

Should we cower in fear over the unpredictable acts of violence by some people set on exacting their own form of vengeance for real or perceived transgressions?

Keep in mind that life is precious. You never know how long you have. This doesn’t mean you shut yourself away and shun public places.

I say, use discretion, be always aware, say something if you see something off, and after you’ve taken safety precautions, go about your life as before.

We will not live in fear, not as individuals or as a nation.




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