Since the Lumière brothers first pulled their train into the station, people have been going to the movies to escape.
This week that sanctuary was attacked.
In the coming weeks, this random act of violence will be dissected and analyzed to the point of exhaustion. Fingers will be pointed and accusations will be made as we try and make sense of what happened.
We have one request of the commentators: Please don’t blame the movies.
There are plenty of sources of inexplicable evil out there. The world of moving pictures is not one of them (even the really bad ones).
To the best of our knowledge this hasn’t happened yet, and we truly hope it continues.
Because, yes, there is violence in movies, there is tragedy and misfortune, heartache and loss, they are, after all, reflections of our own existence.
There is also hope, love and faith, imagination and childlike wonder, also reflections of our own existence. If you blame the movies for the bad, you have to give them credit for the good too, or better yet see them for what they are–stories.
Better yet, they’re our stories, they honor us, so let’s honor them.
To the victims, their families and the community impacted by this horrible tragedy, you’re in our prayers.
This week’s escape: