Relying on superstition won’t prevent tragedies
I read with skeptical eyes Barbara Sullivan’s review of “A Mother’s Reckoning,” authored by the mother of Columbine mass-murderer Dylan Klebold. Judging by this and other reviews, the book seems to merit consideration, and should not be dismissed immediately as opportunism by someone looking to profit from the suffering of others.
Sullivan says the book serves as “a cautionary tale for parents who might be blind to signs of serious emotional distress in their children.” The review should have ended here. Instead it finally states that, if the book provides no other lesson, “there is this one: ‘There but for the grace of God, go the rest of us.’ ” The cautionary tale is for all parents. The grace of God is for those who believe a loving god would cause or allow terrible suffering to befall some of us, and let the rest of us off the hook.
Whatever occurs in my kid’s life, it will be the product of countless circumstances; some of which my wife and I can control, others we can’t; but it will not be the product of supernatural forces. In my opinion, the less we rely on superstition, the more we will be able to make meaningful advances toward preventing tragedies like what happened at Columbine.