Massacre of the Innocents
December 18, 2012
After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I was reminded of the paintings by Rubens and Breughel. The Massacre of the Innocents. The story of Herod massacring the first male child in every home in his realm. We were taught that story in elementary school. I was trying to think back how we related to it. Did we believe that it had happened? Yes. Did we think that Herod was an evil man? Yes. Did we think that something like that could ever happen again? I think we did. Did we think that it could happen to us? I don’t know. Does every child live with that fear?