By Beth Nimmo, Darrell Scott, Steve Rabey
The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the center of our nation. In December 1999, we discovered that the teenage killers in particular exact Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian religion on their chilling, home made videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her religion. Now her mom and dad speak about Rachel's lifestyles and the way they've got came across which means of their daughter's martyrdom within the aftermath of the college taking pictures. "Rachel's Tears" comes from a heartfelt have to rejoice this younger girl's existence, to paintings in the course of the grief and the questions of a state, and to convenience those that were touched by means of violence in our colleges this present day. utilizing excerpts and drawings from Rachel's personal journals, her mom and dad provide a non secular standpoint at the Columbine tragedy and supply a imaginative and prescient of wish for combating formative years violence around the country.
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1 Piety with regard to the dead: to do everything for what does not exist. The suﬀering caused by the death of others is due to this pain of a void and of lost equilibrium. Eﬀorts henceforward follow without an object and therefore without a reward. If the imagination makes good this void—debasement. ’ And as to our own death, is it not the same? The object and the reward are in the future. Deprivation of the future—void, loss of equilibrium. That is why ‘to philosophise is to learn to die’. That is why ‘to pray is like a death’.
To conceive of them and feel them as conducive to spiritual well-being (for example: hunger, fatigue and humiliation cloud the mind and hinder meditation) and yet to renounce them. detachment Only the second kind of renunciation means nakedness of spirit. Furthermore, material goods would scarcely be dangerous if they were seen in isolation and not bound up with spiritual advantage. We must give up everything which is not grace and not even desire grace. The extinction of desire (Buddhism)—or detachment—or amor fati—or desire for the absolute good—these all amount to the same: to empty desire, ﬁnality of all content, to desire in the void, to desire without any wishes.
To know this is forgiveness. 9 TO ACCEPT THE VOID ‘Tradition teaches us as touching the gods and experience shows us as regards men that, by a necessity of nature, every being invariably exercises all the power of which it is capable’ (Thucydides). Like a gas, the soul tends to ﬁll the entire space which is given it. A gas which contracted leaving a vacuum—this would be contrary to the law of entropy. It is not so with the God of the Christians. He is a supernatural God, whereas Jehovah is a natural God.