I think we tend to forget that this is something that goes on. You know how it's become a sort of cop-out line to hear in movies when people say, "This kind of thing happens to other people"? I think it's become a sort of cliche because, on some level, we all know it's true. I'm sure we've said it to ourselves. Or, when we hear it, we relate. We relate enough times that it becomes mundane to relate.
But, on another level, it is the kind of thing that most of us would never think would happen to us. And we joke, and we make funny names for it because it feels awkward and unnecessary. But maybe even if it doesn't happen to us...it happens.
It's tragic and senseless and awful. And maybe it doesn't happen to us. But it happens.
Don't let it happen to us. And don't let it happen to one another.
"The path of the upright leads away from misfortune;
those who attend to their way guard their lives."
~ Proverbs 16:17
CYM, St. John the Evangelist