Que Sera, Sera?
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
[October 7, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Que sera, sera — “Whatever will be, will be.”
After Josh Powell [Internet Archive link]1 hacked and burned his two little boys to death in Washington State recently, I was having a discussion with some acquaintances about the
tragedy, incident — pathetic, cowardly act of terrorism. I was critical of the courts for allowing any visitation, supervised or not, with this guy who was the prime suspect in his wife’s homicide. Yes, he was the prime suspect. No one seemed to want to just come out and say that. Turns out that the house he claimed was his, the one he blew up, was just a fake. Whole thing was a set up.
Anyway, we were talking and one person said, “you know, there really isn’t anything that anyone can do. If a guy like Powell sets out, determined to kill his wife or kids, no one can do anything, in the end, to stop them.”
I am hearing that statement quite a lot. Is it really true? Whatever will be, will be? Should we be satisfied with that conclusion — “If he really wants to take her out, he’s going to do it no matter what”?
It doesn’t sit well with me. And somehow I think it would sit a whole lot less “well” with me if I was the one being targeted and sacrificed up on the altar of “que sera, sera”.
What do you think?
1[October 7, 2022: We added the link to Wikipedia’s page on the Disappearance of Susan Powell which provides more information on all the circumstances around the nationally publicized news story of Josh Powell and his two sons. The Internet Archive link is a copy of that Wikipedia page. Editors.]
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