I guess nearly the entire world knows about the awful massacre in Theatre 9, in Aurora Colorado. James Holmes is now a well known name. He was the fellow who dyed his hair orange, booby trapped his apartment, put on super loud music leaving his door unlocked; then going to the theater, buying a ticket, walking to the exit door, propping it open, going out, getting his deadly gear on, coming back in and mowing down scores of people. WHY? Nobody really knows. But oh, what a recipe for disaster for the next person who wants to make a statement!
What we have been told is that he was highly intelligent, a bit of a loner, and "easy going".
He actually volunteered at a children's camp as a counselor. YIKES!
The media has picked up on the fact that Mr. Holmes was not outgoing. Just because somebody is quiet, or keeps to themselves does not mean they are going to become a mass murderer. There are MANY people who can be described as being like James Holmes, and they are harmless and remain harmless their entire lives!
Some people are saying he is crazy or has a mental illness. I would like to complain about that.
It seems to be assumed that you MUST be mentally ill to be violent. That is just hog wash and a slap in the face to those who suffer with mental illness. I have family members who have suffered with mental illness, including schizophrenia.... they were NOT / ARE NOT violent! Many times in our "enlightened society", we try to explain away EVIL, with "mental illness". WHY? Because we don't like to think there is REAL EVIL.
But what if, he just simply gave himself over to pure unadulterated EVIL? Pure unadulterated SIN?
The character he picked drove Heath Ledger to his death! The JOKER is definitely the impersonation of Evil. The gun range owner definitely didn't get a good vibe from his growling phone message machine, and one of the men who was shot said that as the shooter was standing six inches from his face, he felt a terrible presence of PURE EVIL!
I do believe that people can give themselves over to such darkness, and that they can in turn do exactly what Mr. Holmes did. And it is AWFUL.
Does he regret his actions? Nobody will know for a very long time. He certainly looked confused and dazed at his hearing. Maybe the taste of 2 days of solitary confinement gave him some reality of what his future will be like until, IF he is sentenced to death, death takes his life, in a much more humane way than he took the lives of those in that theater.
I am sad for his parents. I am sad for his friends and colleagues. I am sad for him. But mostly, I am sad for the victims.
And you know what? In all this awfulness, there are glimmers of light. Here is one of them. :)
"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)