More Thoughts On VTech

Questions I have about “things.” No judgment, just questions.
  1. How much more do major networks make/spend (on ads, etc.) during huge tragedies like this one?
  2. Why does it matter to us more when the people who are killed are from our own country?
  3. How can tougher gun laws prevent law-abiding citizens from obtaining guns and using them to break the law without banning guns altogether?
  4. Will tougher gun laws mean fewer guns? Or simply more illegal ones?
  5. Are atheists more afraid of dying than those who believe in Heaven?
  6. Is there such a thing as Evil?
  7. Is Cho Seung-Hui a victim?
  8. Why do I know how to spell his name without looking?
  9. How do people grieve?
  10. What role does blame play?
  11. Why are so many people pessimistic about “The Future
  12. Why do people get mad at others who try to laugh?
  13. When is it okay to joke about a tragedy?
  14. Is writing graphic, disturbing, racist, sexist, hateful, profane, obscene, depressive, violent stories an indicator of something? What?
  15. Can an intelligent, healthy person write such things, or speak with the same anger?
  16. What does it mean to be mentally ill? Psychotic? Evil?
  17. Can a sane human being kill?
  18. How many people can a sane person kill before they’re no longer sane?
  19. What makes some killing moral and other killing immoral?
  20. Some killing legal, and some illegal?
  21. How do you feel about the media showing portions of Cho’s “manifesto?”
  22. Why do we pretend there is an American race?
  23. Why does the death penalty bring some people closure?
  24. Why do we think there is a law or a drug that will solve everything?
  25. Why do we say “I love you” more often after things like this happen?
  26. Why do people like Cho fall through the cracks? How do they become invisible?
  27. How do we reconcile technology and humanity?
  28. What changes if the murders were premeditated versus a “blind frenzy?”
  29. Why do young people feel immortal?
  30. How much do you want to know about him?
  31. Why isn’t there a single person who would say, “He was my friend.”
  32. Why can most of us watch the same violent movies and play the same violent videogames, and live in the same warring society without doing this?
  33. What would you do if this happened at your school, or in your community?
  34. What would you do if one of your relatives did something like this?
  35. Why do we imagine we have any answers?
  36. What of Cho Seung Hui’s written/recorded rants have relevance? Is there truth to what he was fighting against?
  37. How does it feel to agree with any of the beliefs of a person whose actions repulse you?
  38. Why are we so thirsty for the next big scandal?
  39. Why have we forgotten about Don Imus? Kathy Sierra? Darfur? The Fucking War In Iraq? Did we ever actually care about these things?
  40. What is highest on the heirarchy of awfulness?
  41. What will you do to ensure this never happens again?
  42. Better - what are you doing already? Anything?
Because you guys and girls have had such great insights in the comments lately, I’d love to hear more from you and keep this much-needed conversation happening. What are you thinking about? What is important to you?