Be the person, continued.

April 18, 2007

Another thing occurs to me about the VA tragedy. How many of us know someone who needs help? I’m not talking about people who need an intervention because they are are about to go shoot someone. But people to whom we should reach out simply because they feel isolated, lonely, angry and victimized. Do you know someone like that? I do.

It must be remembered, however, that people did try to get help for the perpetrator of this heinous crime. Apparently it was either too little, too late or simply that he could not be helped. But at least someone tried. If we are not moved to think about such things out of pity for people like Cho, let us at least think of his victims. How many tragedies are averted each year simply because someone noticed that someone else needed some help? How many violent, desperate thoughts are never acted upon simply because someone said “I’m concerned about you”?

I remind myself: be the person who asks if someone needs help – before it’s too late.


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