This morning Finnish flags are at half-mast in remembrance of the victims of the Jokela High School Massacre in Tuusula
The mourning flags are everywhere, sober reminders across the country of the horrific events of yesterday. The once proud flags which flew on happy State occasions, such as the liberation of Finland, now hang their heads in tears – rain-soaked and unmoving.
The heart-broken sadness is the watery eyes of every Finn. Like the flags, quiet reminders – 5 million in bereavement. There has not been such a public outpouring of grief over the large loss of life since the Asian tsunamis. Now the loss of the innocence of youth dents confidence that schools can protect youth.
It seemed like it was going to be a good year for Finland. So many happy international successes in trade, entertainment and sports. They seem trivial now. What good is success if you don’t have friends and family to share it with?
Now there is just shocked incomprehension at this tragic rupture in a social fabric which everyone believed was once incorruptible.
What happened in Jokela is not just a Finnish tragedy. It is an international disaster on a human scale.
We must all pull together. Identify causes, find solution and practically heal the tears in the psyche of human society.
Today, I go on a scheduled Finnish island retreat with Finns and overseas students. They will become international peace ambassadors. We will find solutions. They will be thinking about their families.
I would write more but I am already late in preparing for the long journey by land and sea. Interesting how I only started blogging again less than 24 hours before tragedy in Jokela.
Please send your best intentions and thoughts to Finland because Finland will be thinking not only about their own children but also children of the world. We are one global family now.
Suggested solutions from the retreat and your own comments will be included on this blog.