Friday, January 14, 2011

Memorial at the U of A campus.













Wednesday night I watched a televised speech of our President as he addressed a near capacity crowd of 14,000 at the University of Tucson's basketball arena.

It was a memorial to the victims of the Jan. 8th shooting.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the unspeakable tragedy in Tucson, a city I know quite well.

Our family home in the sierras is southeast of Douglas, Arizona in Sonora.

Through the years I have often driven to Tucson to take a flight to other parts of the US. 

His speech was very uplifting and was more like a Father speaking to his family members.

He called for acknowledgement, remembrance, and healing for what he said was a nationwide community in mourning.

The mass shooting which killed six and injured 13 others occurred outside a neighborhood grocery store on Tucson's northwest side. 

Sadly the six innocent victims had their lives taken along with their dreams leaving a lot of agony for the families they left behind.

God Bless Gabriel Zimmerman, the Congressional Community Outreach worker, Federal Court Judge John Roll, Dorothy Murray, Pastor Dorwin Stoddard, Phyllis Scheck and little Christina Greene who was just nine years old. 

I appreciated that he avoided any show of partisan and only criticized the fiery rhetoric that has dominated the political landscape for the past few years.

He spoke of how our discourse had become sharply polarized and that some folks were too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently.  

Saying that it was important for everyone to pause for a moment and make sure that we were talking with each other in a way that healed, and not a way that wounded.

In his speech the president appealed for national unity and soul-searching.

He urged everyone to expand their moral imaginations and sharpen one's instincts for empathy.  

I totally agree that we may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.

More importantly he talked about striving to be better in our private lives, be better friends, better co-workers and better neighbors.

In doing so, he said we would bequeath the American dream to future generations by working to consistently widen the circle of our concern for others. 

What a much different world that would be if we all widened our own circles.

My thoughts and prayers are with Representative Giffords, her family and her staff and with all of the families whose loved ones were killed or injured as a result of this deplorable rampage.

Make it a prayer filled dia!