Feeling rather ill this week over what’s been going on in the city where I spent more than half my life. First the marathon bombings, and now (as I write) a gunman on MIT campus, who has killed an officer and right now can’t be found. All my friends at MIT are on lockdown in their dorms and offices.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with MIT campus police, but they are an amazing group of people. Many are former secret service officers. They’re kind to students, understanding (and very lenient) about crazy technological/chemical/dangerous physical pranks/hacks by students, and work very hard to ensure the protection of the entire MIT community. To hear one of them has been killed right outside Stata (with his own gun) is chilling, especially in the face of our idiotic Senate’s ruling on, as a former student put it, “an extremely tame bill” imposing minimal measures for gun control. The MIT officer was killed with his own gun, grabbed by guy he was investigating, on this sidewalk outside Stata:
I took this in Jan ’12, just before moving to Germany.
All this has made for a very scary week. And yet it’s my responsibility, I feel, to keep my thoughts up – not merely to think generic “good thoughts” but to seriously pray about the situation, this very aggressive suggestion that bad things happen, bad people happen, and that is more powerful than anything good. It’s not true. That which is good is real and lasting. It’s where life comes from and what life is. You can’t kill it. Which is why the community has and continues to come together to help one another and look past these horrible events, and they will continue to do so – and THAT is real and lasting and powerful.
I wish I was at MIT now more than ever. I just feel like I SHOULD be there; I should support everyone at the Institute at this time…but I thank the students and staff and professors I know there for keeping me informed tonight, and for staying safe themselves. I hope this generation of MIT students goes on to tackle the endemic cultural problems of this era (gun culture, greed culture, “self” culture), which are societal as much as they are political.
And tonight, let’s send some love to the people who’ve been lost this week (including the MIT campus officer), and the Boston and MIT community.