Josh Brolin pens thoughtful response to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: 'We are so self-absorbed, so self righteous'

The country is still processing the horrific loss of life in Pittsburgh, Pa., where 11 people were shot and killed during Saturday morning Shabbat services at Tree of Life synagogue.

Social media quickly became a hub of thoughts and prayers, including those of actor Josh Brolin, who penned a thoughtful paragraph on Instagram as he read the names of the victims. The deceased ranged in age from 54 (Cecil Rosenthal, a developmentally disabled man whose brother was also murdered at the scene) to 97 (Rose Mallinger, a Holocaust survivor). 

"Something happens when you say the names and ages aloud," Brolin wrote. "Albeit, it is Sunday, and we mostly sit in our homes feeling relatively safe, but with a new creeping pang in our realities that someone may be coming just around the corner to end our lives or the lives of the ones most dear to us."

He continued, "We are so self-absorbed, so self righteous that we have started to forget what it means to be of service to others, and how much that feeds our sense of self."

Photos: Pittsburghers respond to mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue

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PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28: A fan holds up a sign to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on October 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers fans sit behind a banner with a Star of David beside their Steelers blanket as they watch the teams warm up before an NFL football game between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. There was a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
A Pittsburgh Steelers logo with one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David is on a banner at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Fans stand above a banner with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo that has one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A Pittsburgh Steelers logo with one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David is on a banner at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans hold signs at Heinz field to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fans bow their head for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers players bow their head for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The scoreboard is blank during a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagog shooting prior to the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A sign in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting at Heinz Field before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The violence "isn't a conspiracy," Brolin said, adding, "We know something is foundationally wrong."

Brolin then proposed a solution that every individual person can take to heart: "All we need is to demand of ourselves to be of service to someone for something every single day just for the sheer pleasure of anything positive it might bring them."

Brolin's stepmother, Barbra Streisand, had a simple response, which she posted in the comments: "Thank you Josh."

The message also resonated with fans, many of whom had their own emotional responses to the tragedy.

"The things that woman has seen and been through, two world wars, countless emotions, countless moments," one wrote of the oldest victim. "She deserved to live the rest of her days with grandchildren and love and peace, yet she was murdered in a place of worship and prayer."

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People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A crowd attends a memorial service at the Sixth Presbyterian Church in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh for the victims of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire earlier, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A crowd gathers at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire earlier in the day Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A crowd holds candles on the lawn of the Sixth Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire earlier in the day, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A crowd gathers at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire earlier in the day, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A couple embrace at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including several police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A young boy holds a sign at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including several police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Holding candles, a group of girls wait for the start of a memorial vigil at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including sevearl police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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