At a time our country is in crisis, another city stricken with terror and fear, I thought this quote stood out as a reminder not to take action from a place of fear and anger. What happened in Boston is tragic and it’s effect will continue to ripple through our society shaping our view of safety, causing us to feel insecure and allowing us a false justification to judge others.
We cannot make determinations about individuals by looking at them. We cannot view ourselves as better than, above or more noble than anyone else we encounter. We cannot understand anyone else’s actions, connections, opinions or beliefs. We cannot allow our fear and anger of situations we see publicized dictate how we engage with each other and with the world.
The very best message I saw on television following the bombing at the Boston Marathon was a short clip from a late night TV news broadcaster I had never seen before. When I heard his comments it was the reminder I was meant to hear and something I wish all Americans could have seen. Following 9/11, many American’s condoned torture as revenge for the killing, injuring and terrorizing we all felt on that day. Except 12 years later we can reflect on the torture which was carried out, the lack of insight gained from it and the knowledge that many tortured were simply as innocent as the Americans caught in the towers. Out of fear and anger unthinkable actions were allowed to carry on in the sake of maintaining our safety and capturing “evil-doers”. This time we must learn from our mistakes. We have to rise above the devastating emotions and act with compassion or we will be turning our terror into terrorism.
Please watch this clip from Chris Hayes and spread the word. (here)