Most of us are probably aware now of the shooting that took place at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Twelve dead. Fifty-eight injured.
Three men lost their lives last week as they shielded others from the gunfire coming their way. The selflessness of these young men is getting some good traction in the media and I’m glad to see it, because as terrible as this event is, and as much as it reveals the destructive capacities inhering in man (as I discussed a few weeks back; see “What Horrifies You?”), it also reveals the courage and compassion man is capable of.
I wonder sometimes how I would stack up if subject suddenly to such a violent test. And that’s no easy question, because, to answer it, I have to try to step back and make an honest assessment of myself; I have to ask myself, “Who am I?” And would the person I am be courageous enough to do what’s necessary when the time comes? How can I know? Continue reading