Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Open Minds Invited!
All Others Hit The Road, Jack!
By Brian Kent, Contributor
FRESNO STATE --For the
students, whose minds have historically been open, and whose voices
we’ve historically listened to.
I am a tired American today. Tired of
hearing ‘inescapable conclusions’ and that we must ‘exact retribution.’
Tired also, of hearing how we can ‘emerge triumphant’ by striking
back in further acts of terrible violence.
Tired of the anger in which we wallow,
where clear thought might buoy us up. Tired of our unwillingness
to understand the ‘why’ behind such tragedies as yesterday’s events.
How far are we willing to go in the misguided
path of revenge? How many times must we submit to hate and thereby
perpetuate violence that does not coincidentally grow worse?
The only inescapable conclusion after
yesterday’s historic tragedy is that many people will have died
in vain if we respond to this injustice with violence. We cannot
and must not.
To do so would be to continue playing
a game that we can never and will never win. To demonstrate that
we are no better than the perpetrators of this horrific event,
except that we are capable of far greater swaths of destruction.
We cannot guarantee our safety until
we finally understand why others would lash out in this way, and
help provide them an alternative to doing so in the future.
I am a tired American today, yet I will
be damned before I spend my remaining energy standing ‘united’
in the solidarity of further violence. I love this country, but
I do not love it enough that I am willing to hate for it.