I didn’t expect to see this kind of news today. The link is to an ABC news report on a mass shooting in New Zealand. Details are still coming out. Right now, estimates are that more than 40 people have been killed. Here is one perspective from someone from Aotearoa New Zealand
The people of New Zealand have my deepest sympathies.
I wish there was some way to meaningfully express them. Mass shootings are always tragedies. New Zealand isn’t a country known for violence of any sort. Where I live, I’ve developed a numb shell whenever I hear about them. I can only imagine the shock this must be to New Zealanders. No nation deserves to suffer through something like this.
If the allegations on the news are all true, this act was perpetrated by an Australian protesting immigration (no word on whose immigration). My heart breaks for the people in those mosques who were just trying to get through another day in their lives. Their worlds have been altered and scarred by someone who weaponized ignorance instead of flourishing in understanding.
In the end, the “why” of such tragedies is insignificant compared to the question of what comes next. There’s going to be a lot of discussion about how to react to such a loss of life. I have the utmost confidence that the people of New Zealand will handle it with their characteristic sensibility. Sensibility is the best virtue to have in the face of such adversity.