Helter Mother Fucking Skelter.
Jon Stewart offered warm and sobering commentary on the Arizona shootings. A look at Loughner’s mugshot reminds me how insane it is to try to figure out crazy or think that crazy can be predicted…that’s why it’s called crazy. It can’t.
That’s not an excuse for letting the national discourse resemble madness. And it has.
Stewart gave an idea about how to find comfort in the aftermath of tragedy. He suggested letting the lives of the dead and wounded seep into your own life:
Read up about those who were hurt and/or killed in this shooting. You will be comforted by just how much anonymous goodness there really is in the world. You read about these people, people that you don’t even know, people that you’ve never met are leading these lives of real dignity and goodness and you hear about crazy, but it’s even rarer than you think.
“And I think you’ll even find yourself more impressed with Congresswoman Giffords, and how much living the deceased packed into to lives that were cut way too short. And if there is real solace in this, I think it’s that for all the hyperbole and the vitriol that’s become a part of our political process, when the reality of that rhetoric, when actions match the disturbing nature of words we haven’t lost our capacity to be horrified. Please let us hope we never do.”
So far, Loughner faces federal charges including two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempting to kill a member of Congress.