Dear Editor:

I don’t think I have been as sad and concerned for us, as a society, as the other morning when I read the headline that three, bored Oklahoma teenagers shot and killed a 22-year-old young man from Australia because they wanted to feel what it is like to kill someone.

I wondered what led these teenagers to commit such a cold-blooded, premeditated act? Was it “playing” violent video games, watching violence on TV and on the movie screen, were they on drugs, was it their upbringing that made them have no regard for the preciousness of someone else’s life? Did they not consider, for one second, the far-reaching effect their action would have on that young man’s life and his family and friends — even on their own lives and their families and friends?

Has the violence in the world become so accepted an action that certain people in society think it is perfectly okay to commit such acts?

Have we become so complacent regarding violence that we are unconcerned as to its detrimental, insidious effects on one another? TV programs featuring mean-spirited people in dysfunctional families and marriages, children bullying classmates sometimes leading to suicides, sports players purposely injurying other players, parents and coaches being examples of unsportsmanlike conduct at their children’s games. And last, but not least, patriotic men and women sent to fight wars created by greed and power hungry governments.

When a person’s life is ended, that is the end of their potential, the end of who they could have become, the end of what they could have accomplished, the end of their place in their family’s lineage.

Do we need a dialogue, a national movement regarding the precious value of a human life? I think such a dialogue/movement is long overdue.

Let’s not be against violence. Instead, let’s be for sacred reverence toward Life.

Within our families, with our friends, business associates, churches, whatever organization, our government, I invite us to begin a dialogue as to the value of one human life. History has proven how one man or woman can contribute greatly to society. One life, every life is valuable in some way or another.

Life is sacred, Life is precious, Life is of value. When we embrace, respect and honor life as such, perhaps then we will have arrived as a species and will have finally accomplished what we truly came here to do — to create peace on earth.

Linda LoCastro

This story was posted on August 29, 2013.