Today I cried. Today humanity revealed itself in two forms. It uncloaked itself in acts of war. It also revealed itself in an outpouring of compassion and love. I was in shock like the rest of the world when I awoke to the news. So many beautiful lives lost to violence. My heart hurts for the families who have lost their loves ones
Is this human nature? Is this the nature unraveling before us as we step close into a future that seems more steeped in violence than even before? Steeping like a bitter tea that one does not want to taste.
I am no stranger to violence, but in my own childhood there were no stories of this kind of destruction. There were subtle forms of the quiet, evil kind of violence that permeated through households, by people we knew. Also from people we didn’t know. We grew up with lessons of stranger danger, but not being fully equipped either to handle when it came in the form of faces we recognized.
We never knew outbursts of sheer terror in schools of this volume. This is deafening. This is crushing. We never knew this kind of absence of humanity when we were young.
I cannot allow myself to believe that this is human nature. In the moment of witnessing despicable acts of war on innocent lives, it’s easy to think what is this world coming to?
No it cannot be that there is only this darkness that creeps toward us all, shadows blocking the light, leaving no room for beautiful flowers to bloom. It cannot be.
I know there is more to our humanity by the same shock, the same tears, the same grief we all feel for family’s miles away from us. I know there is more to our humanity when my heart aches for the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters.
I know when I see messages for those families everywhere, messages of sorrow, sympathy, empathy, messages of love and hope.
That is the humanity I want to see revealed. People who light their candles and send prayers to strangers. We send them strength of the highest magnitude because tomorrow they will not wake their children for school.
We need to send them all our love, all our strength, all our hope, because when they wake tomorrow they will need it more than ever. Humanity please reveal yourself to these people and help them, help us understand how unspeakable days like this can happen.
That days like this should never happen. There is no comfort in knowing what should never be. No matter what I write, there are no words that will change this tragedy.
I can’t help but hold on tightly to hope. When all the world is dark, hope is the light that keeps us together. And love is the thing that makes us human, so let us send a message of love to those who suffer.