This piece is not entirely about politics, but neither are the posts that I occasionally do about sports or music.
No, there are some stories that deserve a mention, for no other reason but to serve in processing bad situations that occur. When anything like what has just occurred in Minneapolis happens, there comes a time when one must begin the process of healing.
For some, the period of shock must subside, before any true rational thinking can begin. Properly processing information can only begin after the ability to reason and gain insight is restored. For some it comes fairly quickly, others not so much. It all depends upon the person and the level they have been traumatized.
Some people are still fighting for their lives, right now. Others, sadly, are gone. The numbers may be low right now, but this is a mess and it's not likely the answers will come quickly. How many? Who? Why? Those questions (and others more specific) will no doubt be asked real soon, and more in the coming year ahead.
Fingers may point, accusations may fly, and heads may roll. But that's not important now. The first order of business is to rescue, then recover. Then, after that is completed, the real work of getting the questions answered will begin.
But it will not be over then.
When it reaches this stage in the process, the fun will be just beginning. Someone will need to be blamed.
We would then expect theories to be formed. Most will be far-fetched conspiracy theories, only a handful will pan out to become reasonable. Evidence will be gathered, Meetings and hearings will be held, possibly by grandstanders that want to make it look like they are on the ball. Maybe even Congress will hold one, after all, an election year is near. At any rate, a determination will be made at some level, sometime in the distant future. If this happens, , they can then hit the campaign trail, telling us how they got to the bottom of the whole thing.
What will really be interesting? Hearing all of the whacko theories that involve the rise of the new world order and seeing how long it will take before Bush's name is inserted into the fray. Or maybe it will be more irrational, something on the order of: Karl Rove's hurricane machine is in the shop and now he has a new bridge collapse machine.
What I would like to remind people to think about while forming of all their opinions, is simple. In spite of this, some may find it difficult or downright impossible to grasp. Here's what should be considered:
People are human, and imperfect ones at that. So it should come as no surprise and it stands to reason that the things we build (as imperfect beings) will not be perfect.
It comes no simpler than that.
So, as far as the human side of this story is concerned, right now (at this juncture) how this bridge broke is irrelevant. Yet, in the grander schemes of things we must all know and realize the time will come to learn from this.
In the meantime, the families of those people will be in mourning for awhile; and of this particular component of the story, we must be understanding, aware, and respectful of this. I would hope that on the whole, most bloggers would exercise caution and discretion in their speculations. Basically, I hope they use good judgment as they post their thoughts and theories.
Like I said earlier, when we build things we must understand the repercussions of being imperfect. Things happen and not all things can be predicted and prevented. We must not be looking to rush to judgments or formulating crap as a basis for a thesis. And we must always be mindful of who we could hurt, especially someone that has already been hurt enough and needs to process this through more thoroughly before being subjected to said crap.
That said, there may be moments where the system that is designed to protect its citizenry, breaks down and fails. If it is determined this is the case, here or anywhere else, it should be dealt with in an appropriate manner and appropriate time.
I am sure that I wasn't the first or only person to wonder if was terrorism. How can it not enter your mind for the first few moments after learning of things of this magnitude. You have to think that initially, but judiciously. But so far, Homeland Security says there's no evidence to support this. So, I urge caution in that area.
In all things we do, I feel it is imperative to exercise good judgment and extend our sympathies in a proper manner. PYY extends its sincere hope that all readers and their loved ones from the Minneapolis area are safe. Les, one of our semi-regulars, is okay. He has posted about it, so that was a relief when I saw that he had. And to all of the people of Minneapolis that have been affected by this disaster (both directly and indirectly), I will say a prayer for you all. This is all I can do, from my vantage point.
A local TV station, WCCO-4 (CBS Affiliate), has been keeping online information fairly well updated, if you cannot be near a TV.