Sunday, January 9, 2011

Making sense of senselessness?

The term is used so often. I was pondering this morning what the word means. More specifically, I am wondering not what the word means in the concrete sense but what it means in practice or usage.

Events that are negatively impacting are often labeled as senseless. Random tragedy, disease, etc are examples. 

As people, why DO we try to make sense of what is senseless? I have a theory.

Sense equals anxiety reduction. We say, "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh" once we have an understanding of that which was bringing us anxiety, and not making *sense*. 

When we struggle to reduce anxiety by using logic and understanding and none work, the event is then considered to be senseless. 

What do we do then???????? What do we do with our anxiety?

So today I note the tragedy in Tucson, AZ yesterday. There were many people shot and several killed including a 9 year old girl. She was a baby included in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11. Her murder among the 
others has a deeper feeling of senselessness. What a horrible irony. 

I pray each of the injured physically recover and all those affected find a way to emotionally heal... and that each of us find courage to stand with someone whose life has been changed by senselessness. 

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