Where The Intellect Leads The Heart Can Suffer

Fear of the unknown can be as common as knowing that the sun will set and rise once again. Chaos can be an ally, but can also bite the rear if given too much credence. Sometimes a person may feel the need to know, or the need to have some illusion of control over something they cannot possible know or control. This can have the potential of not only hurting the person also others, indirectly or directly. To illuminate this, I share a story about a man who helped six children, and how those needy for control have harmed themselves and others.


“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’”

Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”

“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” he said. So much so that a friend shields him from most of it by doing daily sweeps of the Web so Rosen doesn’t have to. His wife is worried for their safety. He’s logged every email and every call, and consulted with a retired state police officer, who took the complaint seriously but said police probably can’t do anything at the moment; he plans to do the same with the FBI.

What did Rosen do to deserve this? One month ago, he found six little children and a bus driver at the end of the driveway of his home in Newtown, Conn. “We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.” He brought them inside and gave them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary, close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots.

In the hours and days that followed, Rosen did a lot of media interviews. “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this,” he told Salon in an interview. “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”


  • Andrew

    The desire for justice is the root of all evil.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I would agree that “Justice” is frequently invoked as justification for evil.

      But I must politely disagree with your statement.

  • Andrew

    The desire for justice is the root of all evil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    If this story is genuine, then his harassment is unfortunate; however, what is the point of telling this story? There is nothing we can do to stop the few nutjobs who are harassing this poor fellow. So Is this story meant to somehow dissuade us from our skepticism by tugging at our heart strings?

    Incidentally, it wasn’t my intellect didn’t lead me to the skepticism that I hold towards what actually happened at Sandy Hook. It was my father instincts–my heart–that told me something was seriously wrong with the reaction of the parents interviewed.

  • BuzzCoastin

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