Akesson PhotoBlog

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Tragedies, Loneliness, and Family Influences

Posted by akessonphotography on 1, April 21, 2007

The events of Virginia Tech this week gone by are so incredibly sad. For me they were tens of thousands of kilometres away. But with our contemporary communication systems we had it on TV almost immediately. This senselessness put so many other events that were hogging the front page of newpapers into the realm of inconsequential.

There will be commentary on why for aeons to come. But the real disaster happened when one person lived in his own lonely world and let so many minor irritations grow to be mountains impossible to climb. His perspective on life was influenced far too much by his own understanding – it is not good to hold ones own counsel. Where were his friends? Back in South Korea? Where was the influence of family, parents, grandparents? ….. probably very diminished from long living in a distant land with a culture so radically different to that of his family of origin. With all the family, community, relational, cultural boundaries no longer in place, we had conditions ripe for one person to drift into a position of fermenting such a terrible terrible evil deed.

That’s why I show this photo. Three generations. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Nephews, Nieces, Wives, Husbands, Cousins. So important for our young in an era of separation and distance.



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