Hello and welcome to a strange new world. You have traveled far through the desert, only to be met time and again by one empty oasis after another. You are lost and alone, wandering, wondering if someone, anyone, knows how you feel. And just when you think you can't go on, and no one could possibly understand your struggle, a hand reaches out to you, lifts you to your feet, and carries you to the promised land. He feeds you knowledge, shelters you from the self-righteous (and the ridiculous), and provides you with the tools you need to survive in this brave new world. You are a stranger in a strange land, but you are not alone. Let him be your guide. Follow closely as you travel together on this adventure of a lifetime. For now, you are a foreigner to "Fatherhood" but soon YOU will be the master of this realm.

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A Dark Night Indeed: Making Sense of the Batman Movie Massacre

I think we can all agree: the world is very different place than it was when we were growing up. With technology advancing at a breakneck pace and the planet getting smaller and smaller (figuratively), it gets harder and harder to shelter our kids from the harsh realities of life and the real monsters that go bump in the night. But we try.
To many of us the world doesn’t makes a lot of sense, but to keep our children innocent, to preserve what small semblance of a childhood our children have left, we must try our very best to make rhyme and reason of those events that would have us all hiding under our covers, to help both our children, and ourselves, sleep well through the night. But it’s not often easy, as some things cannot be explained. Some things make no sense at all. Some things cannot be wished away- no matter how we try.
What makes a man prey on innocent victims in the darkness? What prompts him to put on a bulletproof vest and a gas mask? What possesses him to arm himself with smoke bombs and semi-automatic weapons and start picking off patrons in a packed movie theater when there was no escape? I don’t know. What makes a man enter an auditorium and open fire on helpless people- men, women and children- without a second thought? What makes him feel nothing as they run, and scream and hide? I cannot imagine. What overcomes someone so strongly that they feel that they need to kill the innocent to immortalize themselves? I have no explanation, but still we- you and I both- have to make sense of it all.

The Batman Movie Massacre, as it has been called, is one of the most gruesome mass shootings in U.S. history- 12 dead and more injured than could fit inside two large school buses. It is a sad day for America, the injured, the families, and the world. A man took the lives of the innocent, and in doing so he took away our innocence. But you can’t let him win. 

A man entered a theater with the intent of taking away the hopes and dreams of a nation. He set out to destroy the memories of our childhood, and a hero that made us believe that good would always prevail. He wants us to fear the darkness, and to keep us in the “safety” of our homes. He wants us to believe that there is nowhere for us to hide, but he’s wrong. We don’t need to hide at all. 

As a man I am saddened by the events that occurred on Friday July 20th  at a packed theater in Aurora, Colorado. As a North American I am disheartened by what I see on the daily news. But as a Father I will not hide. I will live my life and teach my children to do the same so that these kinds of sadistic acts- against all of us- do not get rewarded with fear. Colorado will recover (we pray) in time, so will America, and so will the world from this most heinous of acts. 

Evil will not win. The villain, the coward, the weak and feeble-minded fiend who feeds on our nightmares is not to be feared, he is to be pitied as he is the ultimate loser, for he is truly lost…while we still have our heroes. They are everywhere. Don’t let one man’s callous act make us forget that there is good in the world. We need them. Our children need them. 

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  1. Great post F4F. I was at the trilogy marathon here in AZ. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about the shooting until mid-day the following day. What infuriates me to no end are the people pushing the blame to the characters. The man was disturbed. He was/is a bad person that did bad things. It's not Batman's fault, the Joker's fault, or Warner Brothers fault. The blame lies solely on the shooter. My condolences and well wishes go to those affected by this idiot.