While many people in the blogosphere will be silencing themselves today, due to the Blogging Day of Silence for the Newtown, CT massacre, I will not be joining them.
Sure, this may make me sound insensitive.
But you know what? You can call me insensitive, but another great blogger, Tara from A Life Changing Journey, put it very simply:
But will the proverbial you also have a day of blogging silence for those that are suffering today? Tomorrow? Next week? We are compelled to stop and remember because the act in and of itself was so heinous the media deemed it newsworthy. But will you stop and remember all the other heinous acts that are occurring at the very moment you are reading this blog? At the very moment you are writing your next blog? Will you stop and remember the people who will never make it into the news because their senseless death wasn’t sensational enough to even bother with? As those candles being lit for the vigils around the country in memory of what happened this weekend go out, will you light another candle for the homeless person who is dying alone in the streets? Will you light one in memory of the small child that died in the arms of a mother whose only wish every morning is that there will be another tomorrow…another hour…another minute…another second. Will you light one for those that die in the line of any kind of duty but their names are never mentioned? Will you light one for the aging woman with Alzheimer’s who’s family is surrounding her silently wishing for her (their) suffering to end.
Not blogging today may help some people in the blogging world cope with the events and actions that occurred in Newtown. But I also know that a lot of people *will* be blogging because it helps them get past it, and not think about it as much, even while the rest of the country is constantly rehashing it and rehashing it.
Sometimes you just need to back away from the news, take a deep breath, and come back to reality, no matter how much it hurts or what’s going on in the world.