Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mourning

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"Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair."
T S Eliot

in Memoriam

26 comments:

Kate said...

A fitting quote for a sad tragedy.

Rauf said...

He speaks a lot of sense, a good writer but i don't like him, he was a woman hater, mesogynist, misogynist something don't know the spelling.

Charlton Heston was my hero in my childhood, Ben Hur, Ten commandments, Agony and ecstasy, But suddenly i started hating him.

It is sad, and I hold this guy Charlton Heston responsible for it. Is he still alive ?

Lavenderlady said...

This is a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo.

Olivier said...

bel hommage, pour une vrai tragedie. bonjour tristesse


beautiful homage, for true a tragedy. hello sadness

Jilly said...

A world of insanity, indeed. You chose a beautiful photograph.

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

We all are sad, very sad today.

Then tomorrow we'll talk about free sell of weapons. But not today.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Beautiful.

Frank said...

Beautiful and fitting!
Fabrizio said it best, we are sad today, we will talk about why tomorrow.

richard said...

Well said - this is much more fitting than some of the verbage I've heard coming from the gun lobby who already seemed to have forgotten the tragedy

Dsole said...

that's a good quote for such a bad thing... As i said in others blogs about this, i guess we live in a mad world today. At least I think we're on time to change some things. At least I hope that

Monica said...

It´s very hard to live in a world where we find no explanations for such terrible things. And even harder when we realise that it´s mankind who is responsible for all that sadness.

alice said...

Un monde de fous.

Zsolt said...

dear Isabella,
I am not in Prague...I just created a photoblog on my former trips. I am still in Budapest..which is very close though:)

ruth said...

This has hit us hard here in my English department, as you can imagine. Interesting what rauf wrote, tracing the guns back to Charlton Heston (don't remember if he's alive or not). That's my biggest concern: the ease with which handguns are bought. But I also know we can't completely be protected from dangers. It's an ugly world. It's also a beautiful world.

I treasure my children who just graduated from college. I don't know how these parents cope.

Chris & Deb said...

Looking around the DP world today I see a lot of beauty and a lot of compassion.
I believe that God brings tragedy, so that we can seek beauty.
Your choice of B&W conveys our mood in the wake of this tragedy, but the b&w enables us to find the full-color beauty of the setting for ourselves.
Nicely done.

freelancer said...

so bad ...

Moi said...

i am still shaken, Isabelle....school and class rooms is where u feel the safest..and then a trgaedy like this strikes....we were so upset and then that evening we were robbed at gunpoint.....it's crazy....how tragedy strikes......

Nikon said...

Beautiful photo isabella.

Moi said...

thanx for ur concern..we r safe..my husband got a li'l hurt and our car's been robbed ..but we are alive and there for each other........
Stay safe...:)

bluemountainmama said...

beautiful memoriam....... the photo and quote speak for themselves.....

and i hope we can get past politicizing this on both sides and try to look at the core issue, which is not guns....... it goes so much deeper.....

Kalyan said...

Wonderful, Wonderful shot!

Nathalie said...

To tell you the truth Isabella, this tragedy makes me angry. Such killings never ever occured anywhere in Europe, where firearms are hard to get. How long will your firearms lobby keep making you believe that you need more weapons to defend yourself when the answer is LESS weapons to prevent mad people from using them?

It's like G W Bush. Sometimes I feel the American people get just the president and the tragedies they deserve.

And I say that with much compassion for the many American people who didn't vote for G W Bush and dream of a ban on guns.

richard said...

I have to agree with Nathalie - I didn't want to rant on this post which is about mourning and remembrance, but you have to look at a society rather than the individuals here. I heard a guy from Virginia (Rifle association I think) who suggested that the answer to the problem was to allow the kids to take their own guns to school with them... I ask you? What good has bearing of arms ever done. What about other civil liberties and rights that are trampled on? They could give up their 2nd amendment for pity's sake

Sally said...

There is a deep psychological difference in mindset over this. For too many people there is an inverted sense that guns = freedom and safety, whereas the majority of people believe they = fear and danger. Until that former mindset, fed by the NRA around a culture of fear is addressed, then there is not much hope for change.
it took 12 days after Port Arthur for all the Australian state leaders to agree to uniform, tougher gun laws. Sure there are still some illegal weapons getting thru, but there is not the problem of the normal citizenry, and gun deaths are so far down....the stats prove the efficacy of the measure. (despite NRA propaganda to the contrary in the US on certain websites).

Ackworth Born said...

I wasn't going to post a comment but what Nathalie says irks me slightly [even though I mainly agree with her] -- we in the UK have not forgotten Dunblane.
Such things don't just happen in the USA -- having said that I totally agree that the easy availability of guns there is a big contributory factor, although not the only one.
As if the tragedy wasn't bad enough the airing of the guy's tape on the media is absolutely obscene -- it should NEVER be broadcast!

isabella said...

That is why I chose this quote which mirrors my feelings. Despair! The NRA is the most powerful lobby in Congress and unless the presidential hopefuls take an opposing stand - nothing will change. But the reason they are so powerful is because they give billions to the presidential compaigns...So, as you see, despair and hopelessnes!

On the other hand, I am shocked at your comment, Nathalie: "Sometimes I feel the American people get just the president and the tragedies they deserve." No one, especially those innocent students and faculty deserved to die, whether they voted for Bush or not...

Ackworth - I agree with you and apparently so does some of our media. ABC news channel just announced that it will not broadcast any of the tape. Let's hope others will follow.