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Monday, January 02, 2006

The incomprehensible

How are we to digest the indigestible, to comprehend the incomprehensible? The slaying of an entire family in the most brutal, monstrous way. We will try -- it is human nature -- to make sure something is done about it. There will be committees and crime task forces and neighborhood watches and memorials and we will grab for these things because we don't know what else to do, but deep down we know there is nothing we can do. Some will try to point fingers and there will be talk about another horrendous black mark for Richmond. This is not a Richmond story. This is not a story about time or place at all, but of humankind itself. We will ask the eternal questions that people have been asking since they have been able to: How could human beings do such a thing? Why? Unfortunately, we will never find the answers, so we will busy ourselves with doing whatever we can -- the committees, the task forces, the memorials. If it's all we can do, at least it is something. I hardly know what else to say except that I wish someday for peace to come back to the family and friends of Bryan, Kathryn, Stella and Ruby Harvey.


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