..........is how I feel every time I think about the Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death by shoppers in their mad dash for a bargain early this morning. I am sure many people read this headline and did not think twice about it, but I cannot stop thinking about how incredibly insane and out of control the materialism in this culture has become. It sickens me to no end. I thank God that there has never been nor will there ever be any material item that will mean so much to me that I would get out of bed at 4:00 a.m. to stand in line for hours to buy it. I am so saddened and sorry for this young man and his family as well as for the shoppers who were there this morning. I know I don't usually rant like this on the blog, but I couldn't help but wonder today about what might have prevented this tragedy. Soon after that thought crossed the synapses I realized that what we teach children in Montessori classrooms around the globe is EXACTLY what can prevent this kind of tragedy from occuring. Instilling the idea that it is appropriate and respectful to wait for your turn. That it is good and right to respond to another's suffering with kindness and caring. And that, above all, working towards a peaceful world is what is most important in life. Yes, I do believe as parents and as Montessorians we are doing important work each day that can prevent such horror from occuring. And that awareness and knowledge has brought me a small sense of comfort as I try to process what happened today in my country.