Editorial: Tornado in Oklahoma latest in a series of massive, horrific tragedies

May. 23, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

The coverage is staggeringly sad, but so important to watch and read about. The people in Moore, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, have seen how uncertain life can be. In an instant, homes, families, belongings, treasures are gone, swept away by a powerful tornado that took out the city and left houses and businesses and schools in shambles.

The nation is grieving. How many massive tragedies can we stand? School shootings, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist bombings. The cleanup for one doesn’t end, it seems, before the next one hits. How do people in the middle of these horrific events come back from them, rebuild, cope with grief?

We are on this earth for such a short time. Make the best of those years. They could end tomorrow. The people of Moore awoke on Monday filled with the usual anxieties and excitement over the start of a new week. Children went off to school counting the days until summer vacation. Businesses and churches opened their doors. It was the same way millions in this great country began their Mondays. Life is short. ....

It’s hard to grasp, from TV images, just how bad things are in Moore, Okla. When your home is gone, where do you turn? What do you do? When your loved ones are victims of this devastating storm, how do you get through the day, the night, the next day, the rest of the year?

People have this remarkable capacity to rebound. But when things are this bad, when a town is wiped out in the space of 15 minutes, that’s a platitude not so easy to accept. We in Sevier County feel spared, just as we felt when the bomb went off at the Boston Marathon and the shooter killed 27 in Newtown. and much of the East Coast was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October.

In fact when a community in the United States in pain, we all feel it. That’s why we are the “united” states.

You can help by giving to the Red Cross and avoiding the predictable scams that spring up in the wake of tragedy. Prayers would be welcome as well. We all hurt for Moore and Boston and Newtown and other communities where tragedy had such a huge hand.