The last few days, we have been reading several blog posts from all over the Internet about the Tuscon tragedy and we think that the following post by Ulises Silva, which appeared today on the Being Latino blog, expresses a lot of the themes that we think are related to this crime in a way that is hopeful and positive. Here is to civility and to the challenge we should all accept as a nation. Everyone who feels a desire to process all the conflicting issues regarding this horrible act of violence, must read A State of Madness, A Call to Reason.
A few excerpts from the post really hit home with us. It starts:
Sometimes, there are no words. No explanations. No ways to make light of the situation. Only ironies. Ironies that speak for themselves.
It focuses on the tragedy:
Regardless of what the news reports in the coming weeks, what happens next is really up to all of us. Because for all of Saturday’s horror—the most horrific being the death of a nine-year-old who probably couldn’t understand our fixation with red and blue states—we are now at a moment of learning and opportunity.
I’ve often thought that history will not look kindly on this era. We’ve allowed network news to manipulate our political consciousness to the point that Abraham Lincoln would lose a modern-day election. We tweet simple thoughts to complex problems in 140 characters or less. We worry about who’s going to be voted off what island rather than what holes Congress is voting us into.
And yet, here we are, rudely awoken to the consequences of our inability to have civilized disagreements. To the consequences of spewing rhetoric fit for warring nations, not fellow citizens. To the consequences of our combative, disrespectful, and oftentimes selfish ways of dealing with problems and disagreements.
So I ask: How will history look at us? What is the legacy we’re leaving behind?
And it concludes with a message for all of us:
When these days become a museum exhibit hall centuries from now, what will it say about us? And what will it say about this past Saturday? Was it the start of something terrible? Or of something amazing?
I know we’re more enlightened than those in The Dark Ages. Let’s start acting like it. It’s our legacy, and our children’s legacy, we’re actively creating, after all.
Bravo, Ulises. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. We are so proud to be associated with you and BeingLatino.
PS Ulises is also a LatinoLit Renaissance man and author. You can visit his fiction here: SpaceChurros.