In the first 48 hours of a new year we remain shell-shocked, angry, numb and panicked by the frenzy of blood from which we staggered out of 2013. These feelings are seething, snowballing towards an ever-mounting rage.
In the Advent-Christmas season, a celebration of life and peace, we witnessed a gut-churning spate of killing and violence, a culture of life battling with a culture of death. It was a blood-soaked Christmas.
Why does death seem to have the upper hand, the superior strategy and the greater will to destroy and demean life?
Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, among others, has spoken of drawing a line in the sand. The tide of violence continues to erase and mock lines repeatedly drawn.