Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I opened Yahoo this morning and saw news of another shooting in a public place, this time at a FedEX Facility near Atlanta.
These violent acts by violently angry individuals - usually men- keep happening in our country. Are they happening in other countries? What the "other countries" have is violence on a much broader scale.
Has human life always been this way, and we are just much more aware of it because of our access to the news?
I keep thinking of Yeats' poem. Worth posting here:
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?