“We are but a moment’s sunlight fading in the grass.”-Dino Valenti
What’s the worth of a son’s life to parents? What’s the worth of a bright young, and from all reports, lovely young man’s worth to society? In the eyes of 3 troubled and “bored” youth, the life of someone isn’t worth anything. As you’ve all heard, Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player on a college scholarship here, was murdered in cold blood while jogging. The excuse by the teen boys was boredom. Boredom? I truly believe it was hate. This young man, Christopher Lane, with everything to live for, was a symbol for what these teens could never attain or thought they could never attain. I don’t know much about the lives of these teens; maybe they didn’t have role models or mentors; maybe they never heard a kind word; maybe they felt hopeless; maybe they were filled with hate; maybe they were bored with no opportunities to improve their lives or be kept busy on a hot summer day. Whatever the case…murder is not an option.
Christopher Lane’s life was worth a lot…to his parents, to his girlfriend and her parents, to his friends, college, baseball coach, country, our country, to what America still stands for, the freedom to become. What these teens could never comprehend (or never had the right people in their lives to help them comprehend) is that they could become something even with odds stacked against them. There was no excuse for their wanton murder of Christopher Lane. The young men made a choice that has forever altered the lives of all those that loved and respected Christopher Lane. They also changed the course of their lives and the lives of their families.
Rest in Peace, Christopher Lane!
“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.