Because Wong also took his own life, those who try to understand why human beings lose control won't have the opportunity to talk with him. He will not be a source of insight about the mysteries of human behavior.
The media, such as the New York Post, report that Wong had served a year in Afghanistan (2011-2012). Until he was asked to leave the facility he was being treated for PTSD.
It's probable the families of the staff members Wong murdered won't be able to forgive him.
Actually, I continue to go in and out on having compassion for the mentally ill in my own family. The adults' rages, addictions, and suicides robbed my sisters, cousins, and myself of a childhood.
In my own head, over the years, I try to connect the dots on what might have gone on in their heads. I recall a family member on the kitchen floor in some kind of emotional "fit." I was five years old.
"They were victims."
That's how a Buddhist spiritual leader put it. I knew I needed to understand. I continue to know that. None of these people, be they Wong or my relatives, went to the store and ordered a brain with what might be described as faulty wiring. Severe mental illness wasn't their choice.
So, how are the "experts" in psychiatry and spirituality going to help us victims of victims?
In a recovery group in central Connecticut, a minister who was a member put together a memorial service for a man who just couldn't stay sober. At meetings, he was often a pest. Like Wong, he was expelled. But the minister made it his mission to celebrate the broken creature's humanity.
In the now-iconic book "Stuart - A Life Backwards," author Alexander Masters performs the same humane ritual. Here, it can be ordered from Amazon.
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