|don't forget you're a human too.|
October 28, 2018
It's so hard to put on a brave and hopeful face when confronted with hate. When even the evening news is an attack, when what next seems to be the new mantra.
I want to fold and crumble, run away and pretend this isn't happening in my world, but it is. And, when young people look to you for guidance, you stand taller, and braver, and you say things like,
"If we begin by trying to understand and find equitable solutions, the world can be a better place."
"If we remember we're all humans, and we all want the same things, the outward appearances and choices don't matter."
And while it was because I was fawning over some celebrity, my mother did me a solid by saying, "You know, this person goes to the bathroom just like we do." I admit, my 12 year-old self was aghast, but she was right. In those few words, she it broke down to the essential functions of humanity.
I am shook over a number of current events, but how does a Holocaust Survivor get shot by a madman? Shouldn't she have gotten a FREE PASS? Wasn't she a living icon? Will her death and those of her congregation become a rallying cry to stop this stupid hatred?
A few days ago, I watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and like most dystopian movies, there was a complete breakdown of society, but humans banded together, and sought understanding and compromise; in the movie, this distrust got the better of the apes, and all hell broke loose. There are lessons in the movie, but the parallels are errily similar.
I refuse to give up hope, but what am I supposed to say today?