We are but mortals, not built to live forever.
Death is a realization that shakes the bearings that hold us together. We are all born with an expiration date. No matter how or when you go, death will eventually catch up with us all.
When I come to this blog to post, I usually find myself creating an enjoyable post without much effort. Yet as I sit in front of my laptop preparing to dive into the Oslo tragedy, my fingers are shaking.
For anyone who has been following the Oslo Tragedy in Norway, you are aware of the bombing, followed by the murder of over ninety people. The lives of almost one hundred people were stripped from them when a man posing as a police officer opened fire on a political labor camp at Utoya Island. The killer, Ander Behring Breivik was said to be a part of a Christian Fundamentalist Group. His disagreement with Norway's multi-cultural society was a factor behind his decision to carry out the bombing and murder at Utoya Island. And after being arrested, he described the killing as "Gruesome but necessary". Families, friends and the rest of Norway are left to mourn the deaths of these people and make efforts to move on because of one man acting on his belief that Norway should be stripped of all non-european Norwegians.
My heart goes out to not only the families and friends of the deceased, but to Norway. World peace will never be achieved, but I truly believe that all countries should stand untied in the face of tragedy.