Trying to make sense of the senseless is exhausting. I am so tired of watching stories about mass killings and incomprehensible violence in America. I am ashamed that the rest of the world views us as the unsafe place we have become. Tired.
What do we do when there seems no answer to this unrelenting evil? Some people suggest prayer and unified thought. Some people suggest more violence. I don’t think the same way as these folks.
My only real Hero was Bobby Kennedy. He was intelligent, articulate, ruthless, funny, and compassionate. Many of the things he said have become my mantras, and have inspired me to action. Bobby read the works of Albert Camus extensively, and was fond of quoting him. I think the most poignant of Camus’ thoughts, paraphrased, is this one: “perhaps this is a world in which Children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering Children-and if you do not do this, who will do this?”. I have used that in speeches, and it never fails to move me with its simple power.
So, here it is. We all have to do whatever it is we can do, each day, to promote goodness, caring, and justice. Your part may seem small, but each tiny act contributes to the positive overall effect on the World. Be Kind. Treat others with love and compassion. Do good work. We really have no other way to combat the anxiety of powerlessness we may sometimes feel.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that”.