In the midst of all the sad, disturbing stories about Virginia Tech I read this morning, this one story about a volcanic eruption in Columbia made me happy. No one died in the eruption, making the story doubly beautiful in my mind.
Really, though, I find myself somewhat distracted and discouraged today this week by the tragic events at Virginia Tech. Walking around MIT’s campus, the tragedy in Virginia hits home. College is difficult enough without worrying about school shooting rampages. There are many unhappy, suicidal students at MIT. Could one of them crack the way the student in Virginia did? Potentially, yes. However, I am not too worried. MIT does have excellent mental health services and tends to err on the side of extreme caution when it comes to dealing with students with mental illness.
Still, I can only be somewhat disturbed and worried in the back of my mind. I think I’ll read that volcano story again now and try to find some more photos of the eruption. That will make me happy.