Jul. 22, 2012 Blumbers

Aurora: City of Light And Darkness

My friends in Colorado started contacting me very early Thursday morning about the tragedy in Aurora. My heart goes out to the families and friends there.

I went to the movies this weekend anyway. I used to go a lot but things have changed. A few months ago I was invited to see a preview at a theater in California. There was a sign on the door that advised customers not to bring weapons into the theater. It was the first time I had seen anything like that.

I asked my host about this and he said it had become a problem but they had beefed up security for this event. I worried about other people going to regular events when security was not “beefed up.” Not everybody has a security detail following them around everywhere they go.

There are other ways to see movies. People used to send them to me and now they just send me a link. I can sit comfortably at home and watch on a large screen. I can stop it it for a break, adjust the volume, read closed captioned text to get the dialog. When traveling, I watch them on planes or on mobile devices.

And yet, you don’t get that communal feeling you get at a theater. Movie theaters were the cathedrals of the twentieth century. They told stories with light, color and shadow like stained glass windows. Their music thundered and thrilled. A crowd of people got to see the story another crowd of people was telling. It was social media before it had a name. Like cathedrals, I hoped they were places of sanctuary.

That is no longer the case. We need to find a way to stop this from happening again. Was there something that could have been said or done to prevent this? Do you want to be remembered for the people you harmed or the people you helped?

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