“It’s not suppose to be this way. The artists, and the scientists, and the poets - none of them fitted in at 17. We’re suppose to get passed it. Adults - they see kids killing kids, and they know it’s a tragedy because they used to be those kids - the bullies, and the beaten, and the loners. We’re supposed to get passed it. You’re supposed to live long enough to take it back. Just take it back.”
“I always loved this storyline because the reporter sort of says ‘what about your responsibility?’ and then this parent walks up and says my daughter says she’s friends with you. And you understand that there are people who aspire to just be friends with the pretty and the popular and the people that can help them in high school..” -Mark Schwahn
Does this darkness have a name? This cruelty, this hatred, how did it find us? Did it steal into our lives or did we seek it out and embrace it? What happened to us that we now send our children into the world like we send young men to war, hoping for their safe return, but knowing that some would be lost along the way. When did we lose our way? Consumed by the shadows. Swallowed whole by the darkness. Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name?
With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
“They’re gonna come now. All of them. The reporters and the psychologists and the analysts. And the so-called experts. And they’re gonna try and make sense of this. But they’re not gonna be able to. And even if we do make it out of here, we’re always gonna carry it with us. It’s never gonna be the same.”