Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Not So Gentle Reminder to Never Forget

I am horrified and astounded.

Today a gunman entered the Holocaust Museum in Washington and started shooting. The security guard he shot died. Last report, the shooter was wounded. It could have been worse, had he not been stopped.

This museum was one of the highlights of my trip to DC many years ago. I cried most of the way through it and remember going into the ladies room to get some tissue and finding another woman already there sobbing. This museum is not to be missed. It's a sacred place. It's not just a place to remember the horrors the Germans inflicted upon the Jews, but a place to remember that atrocities are still being visited upon people around the globe by other groups of people. We must never forget that it's still going on. I, as a person of Armenian heritage, will never forget.

It's really surprising that a shooting like this hasn't happened before or more frequently. There is so much hate in the world. So much anger. I guess that's what astounds me more - all the bile stored up in people. We all feel angry and powerless from time to time, but most of us don't go around shooting people.

The shooter was an 88-year-old white supremacist. What made him think the world would be a better place if he entered this museum and started shooting? Why couldn't he have just gone to a soup kitchen in DC and help serve meals to the homeless? Or taught a great-grandchild to say his A, B, Cs. Now that's channeling energy into something good. We should all be adding to the good in the world, not the bad and bitter.

The photo to the right is of the "shoe" exhibit at the Holocaust Museum. It's the exhibit that touched me the deepest of the deep.

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