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Old 04-16-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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Virginia Tech Shooting...

Just saw it in the news. 31 students have been killed, making it the worst in U.S. history.

Here is the story.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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I just saw the story as well. What is this world coming to? I'm scared to have kids and send them to public school, now I have to be worried about sending them to college as well? Oy!
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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My dad went to VT, and this has just really struck me hard...I'm not sure why. I was with some friends this afternoon, and when I came home, one of my parents had stuck a black ribbon on our VT mailbox flag...it was quite sad. I haven't been this upset about something in a while...
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:44 AM   #4
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That's terrible. It seems the world goes from bad to worse!
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:48 AM   #5
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97Talonchik the world is the same as it's been for thousands of years. Maybe you can get an appreciation of how others feel when an IRA bomber blows up civilians, or a suicide bomber takes out dozens of people .
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:20 AM   #6
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yeah it sucks but i agree with Wally, it sometimes takes something harsh that hits close to home for people to empathize and realize the suffering that happens all over the world everyday, and as our merry little lives carry on we forget how disgusting the human race can be at times, my heart goes out to those affected by this and a needless loss of lives everyday.
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:41 AM   #7
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Wally, don't get me wrong, I'm a very apathetic person. I feel for the people all over the world. I pray for the Iraqis who are suffering in a needless war over oil. I pray for the Israelites who continue to fight with Palestine. I pray for the African nations and the lack of medical care and how the few clinics there are continue to run out of supplies or just close because of the lack of funding. I ponder the many small civil wars that abrupt across the world every day. I remember the many bombings that have occured over the years across the world and here at home. I fear what I don't understand. I am constantly conflicted with my own thoughts, beliefs and feelings about many things, namely humanity and the lack of it.

I was merely expressing discontent for this particular situation. I do know of the world and it's conflicts as well and think of them often.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:18 AM   #8
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We had our own incident in 1996, where some lunatic massacred 35 holiday makers in Port Arthur, Tasmania.

Similarly we lost 88 Australians in Bali 2002 when some Muslim extremist dickhead decided he would bomb a bar made up primarily of 20 and 30 somethings.

I just watched some of the Virginia Tech service on the Jim Lehrer Newshour...... so many religious reps making a sermon, it's seemed a bit sideshow to me.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:47 AM   #9
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Wally, don't get me wrong, I'm a very apathetic person. I feel for the people all over the world.

i think you mean sympathetic... apathetic means you don't care....
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:28 PM   #10
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i think you mean sympathetic... apathetic means you don't care....
or empathetic
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The message was clear, sorry for the confusion with terminology. It was late.
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:03 PM   #12
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The message was clear, sorry for the confusion with terminology. It was late.
a dictionary at hand is almost a good of a friend as google

my opinion on the shooting? it happens, even though it shouldnt. i feel for the families who lost a beloved one (which is tough since it's most than likely they were mainly their sons/daughters). even a puerto rican student was shot, but i didnt know him personally. i asked my mother this morning since last week, my best girl friend's ex-boyfriend commited suicide on a bridge near our biggest mall (Plaza las Americas), and i didnt hear about it until a few days ago. so it would have been odd if i knew the VT guy as well, but i didnt.

anyhow, like wally said. the human race has been like this for thousands of years. before, it was for survival and power, while now it's just for power (a sarcastic "hurray"for capitalism). unfortunately, some people get depressions and what not, and dont know how to manage it (and those aware of those people dont take the necessary measures) and these things happen.

all we can do is, if we personally know someone like this, take it into our own hands and try to do something about it. one person may not make a difference to the world, but may make a difference to the world of one person.
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I could understand if he came to school and shot up a few people that have been making fun of him for years or something

but this is just pointless, I guess he wanted to make a big name for himself
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or empathetic

yeah... i was thinking that empathy was sympathy w/ a firsthand comparable experience, but that's not necessarily required...
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I could understand if he came to school and shot up a few people that have been making fun of him for years or something

but this is just pointless, I guess he wanted to make a big name for himself
i don't think it was about making a name... no need for a name where he is.... i think he just had a few roos loose in the top paddock.
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