Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.
Beyond Our Normal “Shades of Grey”
This “Shades of Grey” issue feature usually describes a social or legal situation, and suggests you consider (and discuss) what you feel are the right, wrong, and grey areas of the situation. This feature also poses questions of how you might think through a situation before taking action (or not).
This issue, rather than posing a possible situation, instead consider the recent event in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, July 20, 2012. By now many US residents are familiar with details of the shootings that happened during the midnight movie showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora.
We all want to go through our daily lives in peace and without threat. We all want to trust that members of our community are being kind to each other, seeking help when they or their loved ones need it, that teachers and parents are vigilant and caring, and that no person is putting together a plan to harm others. Of the many issues that have come out of the Aurora tragedy, the issue of safety and being able to go where we’d like without worry are key to US residents everywhere.
This tragedy has been discussed in the media, by politicians, law enforcement, and various experts. We encourage you to make the choice to discuss the Aurora happening with your family, friends, children, and neighbors. Open and honest discussions may help everyone understand how to be safe, and vigilant. Perhaps it may also help you find ways to live together peacefully and avoid a tragedy locally.