Hope For Humanity Rests With The Individual
First let me say, as a mother and citizen of this world, I could not be more saddened by the events that took place today in Newtown, Connecticut. Losing so many innocent people – especially children – there could be nothing worse.
Second, in terms of gun control, I think that it could never hurt to make it nearly impossible for someone to own something that has the potential to kill another human being.
Third, while we can analyze what happened, I think we also need to recognize that this horrific occurrence is only a symptom of a much deeper problem. When things like this keep happening over and over again, it is a sign that society as a whole is sick.
When I looked at Facebook today, this is what people were saying…
“The world has gone to shit.”
“I no longer have faith in humanity.”
“There is no hope.”
“Humans ruin everything.”
“What is this world coming to?”
“What kind of sick world do we live in where someone can walk into a classroom and shoot little children dead?”
What kind of world indeed?
If I may be so bold as to answer this question, maybe it’s the kind of world where people are stressed out about not having any money, where they worry about losing their homes and jobs, where they fear not being able to live day-to-day or adequately feed their families.
Maybe it’s the kind of world were people are dying from strange new diseases.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where millions are starving to death.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where sexism, racism, and agism still run rampant.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where global warming is a very real threat.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where everything moves so fast that you feel like you just can’t stop.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where no one can live up to the standards that we’ve set for ourselves.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where people no longer have faith in each other.
Maybe it’s the kind of world where there’s no longer any trust or hope.
It is obvious: people are worried – they are downright scared. They feel insecure, unsafe, unworthy, ignored, lonely, and some even, unloved.
How do we make this better? CAN we make this better?
I think we can. We just have to start focusing outward. We need to look beyond ourselves to start really seeing, and caring for each other again.
In order to make things better, we MUST have faith – in ourselves, in each other, and in our ability to change. We have no other choice.
We need to live for this life, this world, and these, our fellow human beings.
No, we don’t need a hero, or a prophet. We simply need everyone to contribute in small, positive, very tangible, ways.
And if we want to go on – to survive as a species – we cannot succumb to anymore negativity. We cannot give up.
If you want to move a mountain, it IS possible, you just have to do it one pebble at a time.
I love this post from one of my blogger friends – Jen at Sips Of Jen And Tonic – who explains in a very concrete way HOW to make this world a better place – Live Long And Prosper. Now, you’d think the things she suggests would be obvious, but I’m not sure they are, or that everyone does them.
I also love this post from Scribbles – Always Choose Hope.