以上從" 理" (logical) 層面看 不過事件可以從
Utter fool snuffs out a woman's tomorrows
2008/7/26snuff sb out phrasal verb [M] US SLANG
to kill someone
Tall buildings framed the sky where cumulus clouds were forming here and there, while the hot summer sun beat down on bouquets of flowers on a makeshift altar. A card, almost buried under the flowers, bore this message: "Dear Bookstore Lady, thank you for your many, ever-ready smiles. I won't forget you."
Tragically, life ended abruptly for Mana Saiki, the victim of Tuesday's fatal stabbing at a bookstore in Hachioji, western Tokyo. Saiki was a university student who worked part-time at the store. To everybody who knew her, she "was always cheerful and responsible." It breaks my heart that those words must be written in the past tense now.
I cannot describe how much I loathe this horrendous crime, which snuffed out the life of this gem of a young woman, leaving her forever in the past.
I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow of her grieving family and friends, who will never again be able to speak of her in the present tense.
As I bowed my head silently before the flower-laden altar, I recalled a passage from a poem by Tatsuji Miyoshi (1900-1964). It goes: "No, there is no yesterday/ There is only today's clock marking today's time ... There is no yesterday anywhere/ You were standing there yesterday/ You were laughing there yesterday/ Yesterday is no more."
Still, the passage from life to death must be hardest on those who are dying, rather than on their grieving bereaved ones.
Saiki's killer, who severed her "yesterday" from "today," reportedly told police that his victim "could have been anyone."
I understand he also said: "My parents had no interest in what I wanted to tell them. I thought everyone would come to know my name if I committed a crime."
When I think that a grown man of 33 years can be so infantile and yet so violent at the same time, cold chills run down my spine.
The "bookstore lady" was reportedly well liked by everyone who met her. She already had a job lined up for after graduation next March and was working on her thesis. Her attitude toward life was always positive.
In personality, she could not have been more dissimilar to her killer--an utter fool who habitually blamed society and other people for his unhappy life.
--The Asahi Shimbun, July 25(IHT/Asahi: July 26,2008)