By RICHARD SWIER
I have been reading with great interest and some frustration the millions of words and hundreds of thousand of Internet postings concerning Jared Lee Loughner.
Those seeking greater government control of our lives want to limit free speech, selectively. Those who believe in less government control see this tragedy as symptomatic of the break down of the family and our moral values.
The Wall Street Journal has run a series of front page, above the fold columns on Loughner. The January 12, 2011 column "Postings of a Troubled Mind" makes and interesting observation. The Wall Street Journal states, "The online postings paint a picture of a disturbed young man trying to impress his peers and struggling to find a purpose to his life."
This comment brought to mind Rick Warren's book, Purpose Driven Life. The following is a quote from Pastor Warren's book:
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The column's authors, Alexandra Berzon, John R. Emshwiller and Robert A. Guth try to find a secular, rational reason for this tragedy. Politicians jump to enact a political solution using this tragedy as a means to their ends. The media tries to promote their theory of how and why this happened, and they sell lots of papers. Many point fingers of blame and enflame others for personal gain. None of these work and will never work.
I believe Jared Lee Loughner is Godless. He has no purpose in life.
As Rick Warren states, "It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God's will. If you can't get it all done, it means you're trying to do more than God intended you to do (or, possibly, you're watching too much television)." In Loughner's case, according to the Wall Street Journal, he was playing too many video games.
The Bible says, "For we were born but yesterday. . .Our days on earth are as transient as a shadow."
According to Rick Warren, "To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths. First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, Earth is only a temporary residence. You won't be here long, so don't get too attached."
There is no secular logic that can explain this tragedy. There is only our belief in something greater than ourselves that keeps the vast majority of us from committing these kinds of acts of violence and allows you and me to deal with them.
Rich Swier is an editor at Red County where this article first appeared.