Friday, December 14, 2012

Fighting the Darkness

Over on Facebook a friend of mine reacted to news of the Connecticut elementary school shootings by voicing the opinion that we live in a sick and broken world.

In the face of such horror, as happened in Connecticut, it’s difficult to argue with that opinion. It doesn’t help that the media bombards us with awful stories on a daily basis.

However, I think it’s important to point out that, especially at this time of year, the world is not an awful place. I genuinely think that people are a little kinder around Christmas, that they become more self-reflective. We all try to be better people at this time of year.

I think that, in light of today’s events, perhaps especially because of today’s events, that we need to be mindful of the goodness in the world and in ourselves. We need to foster it and make it grow, we need to spread it to the people around us.

I don’t think you have to do anything big to do it either. Hug your kids. Tell your wife that you love her. Sit down and talk to that coworker who looks ground down.

Do something good.

Be kind.

Fight the darkness.

If we don’t, who will?

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