As we all go about our lives today, getting-up, embarking on our daily routine, we do so with a little bit more sorrow in our hearts, a little more confusion. What happened in Boston yesterday was a tragedy that none of us can even begin to understand. How could this happen? How could someone take something so joyous and so beautiful and try to turn it into something so devastating and ugly? They tried. But we are an amazing species. Even during the early moments of the emergency, when chaos was running rampant, people proved that the true identity of a human on this earth is created by compassion and caring for our fellow human. Nobody cared where anyone was from, what color they were, what religion they were or what their name was. Their ethical beliefs were not up for debate, neither was their political affiliation. What mattered during those moments was that they had someone to help them; someone to hold their hand; someone to calm their fears; someone to tell them that they were going to be alright.
We forget sometimes that we have to exist in this world TOGETHER, regardless of OUR beliefs. We are all doing our best to live a truly meaningful life. Our primary responsibility is not to get angry and shout at one another. It is not to tell people that they are wrong and we are right. It is not to physically force our beliefs and systems of operation upon one another. IT IS to help one another; to be compassionate; to stand tall in the face of adversity and stand-up for those that are weak. It is to love one another, as humans.
Just like previous tragedies that have occurred, people are moved to action. Many of them will go out and give blood, help the families of the people involved and some will be moved to make a statement against such actions. People that would normally criticize and shout with anger will find that spark of compassion and will make that love known. Yesterday Patton Ozwald made a statement that truly moved me. That is saying quite a bit. He is known for his crude and rude style, but in the face of adversity he let his heart guide him. Yes, there is some adult language, but it is his statement and his feelings. Here is what he said:
Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.” But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness. But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
Other people look for signs of “goodness” or as the Dalai Lama put it “lovingkindness”. One friend pointed out that we need more Mr.Rogers. I second that. He was a man that was not afraid to tell others that he loves them, that they matter, that he is happy to see them and that it is okay to cry. He showed the children and adults of America, and beyond, that compassion exists and that to show it is honorable. Thanks Jessica for bringing this man back into the forfront of my brain. Here are two clips that make me smile and light up my world.
Just try not to sing along. Bet you can’t.
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Greatest remix of all times.
So today, and everyday after, look for the love in this world and share the compassion in your heart. Don’t forget that you will always get a better response with kindness than you will with contempt. And above all, help teach those around you that you love them, that they matter, that you are happy to see them and that it is okay to cry.