My name is Mike. I live in Lancsater County. I used to live in Hawaii. i like Burritos, Guitars and Stuff.
I'm going to preface this by saying that I'm not the smartest guy in the room, even when I'm the only one in it. I'm watching the circus unfold around the tragedy in Boston, just like I have Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech et al. People are asking what could make someone do something so heinous, and hateful. I think that it is the need for recognition. If "All the world is a stage" as Billy said years ago, you can either be a hero or a villain. Being a hero is hard. It requires sacrifice, discipline and a pure heart. Often you get no recognition as a hero. Ask any GI who gets' his ass shot at, or first responders, or a scientist trying to cure a disease. We don't hear about them. No news crews show up, there are no "breaking news reports" of heroic actions.
You can shoot up a movie theater, school campus, or blow something or someone up, and within minutes, you will have notoriety on a national maybe even international level. I could suggest that the perpetrator *could* have a care about hurting others, however you could be so sociopathic in nature that you don't care who you hurt, I would think that the real buzz here is seeing the reaction from people. The shock and horror surrounding this and the other tragedies.
I think grief is a natural part of life, and dealing with it together, makes us stronger. I'd suggest treating how and what information goes out be treated gingerly. Whoever did this, will want his/her name strewn about social media, broadcast media, popular culture and history books. I'm OK with calling this person John Doe. I'm OK with not posting pictures of his handiwork, or listing his motives, reasoning, background or pictures of themselves. If the heroes of this world don't get the publicity they deserve, a bastard like this shouldn't get the publicity they don't deserve.
We have to get through this together. We need to help further the healing process, not wallow in it's sadness. We are all sad, and as humans we are hardwired to not want to be sad anymore. I don't care who did it, why they did it, or who's going to do the next dumb thing. I care how we get through it. Let's get through it.