No event is unrelated. All surface events are linked by karmic relationships at levels below the surface.
Yesterday’s murder of 32 by a man at Virginia Tech might be a reason to think about the possible karmic meaning of such events (because at the surface level one can only shake one’s head in uncomprehending horror).
In his 1927 novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder tried to examine an instance where individuals without apparent previous relationship were brought together by death. To investigate this, Wilder writes about the biographies of everyone involved. Without, I should add, arriving at any conclusion that struck me as interesting or relevant. Which is not all that surprising given the fact that he stayed at the terrestrial surface of events.
What can be said about such instances of instant joint karma?
A. Karma all too often is seen as something only related to the past. The fact that new karma is created at every instant (and was created at every instant in the past) is ignored. Perhaps some of the souls whose incarnation has ended will have something to do with each other in the future.
B. Even though this is hard to swallow, death is never accidental. Be it because an incarnation has run its full course (even though it might seem incomplete to family and friends left behind) or because one lesson or another needs to be learned. Not just by the soul whose incarnation has ended, but also by the souls affected.
C. I don’t have the eyes of a seer. These would be needed to examine the links and ties among individuals who have shared death.
True to my name, I may be too nebulous here for some. To conclude, let me say this: I am not heartless. I very much feel and accept the sorrow of those struck by tragedy. I am merely trying to make human fate a bit more comprehensible.