“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― Marilyn Monroe
Would Marilyn really believe those words today? Maybe in her drug induced, Hollywood world, things happened for a reason but for the ordinary folks, trying to build a life and sometimes that life knocks them down, for no reason, we’re left scratching our heads and wondering, WTF!!!
The Las Vegas Shooting
September 11, 2001
A diagnosis of cancer.
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking…. A. A. Milne
If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.—Anon
One cannot and must not erase the past merely because it does not fit the present – Golda Meir
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It Goes On – Robert Frost
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen
I, for one, do not believe that things happen for a reason. There is no good reason that there is evil in this world. Does it change things, sometimes, but the human mind tends to forget horrible instances with time. The old saying, “how soon we forget” rings true because we do. I started writing this piece two weeks before the largest mass shooting in modern US history where 57 people were gunned down and 500 injured by a lone wolf while attending a country music concert. However, we forgot about the massacres of the American Indians. The Battle of Bear River in 1863 where over 490 men, women, and children were killed by US soldiers. Or how about the Battle of Wounded Knee where, in 1890, approximately 150 American Indian men, women, and children were again slaughtered by US soldiers. Senseless murders, all of them. What could possibly be the reason? Perhaps we will never know…but…
How soon we forget.