I’ve been reading quite a few comments about the tragic killings of 20 children and 6 staff at the Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut. People have been trying to make sense of what is, basically, senseless.
And so many of us have been deeply touched by such a tragic happening such a short time before a season which is synonymous with families, kids, get-togethers, love and goodwill.
Some have talked of gun control; others have commented on how we are shocked by the deaths of 20 children at Sandy Hook but don’t seem bothered by the daily events of kids killed in drone strikes in Afghanistan or dying in the Syrian conflict or in their many thousands in Africa due to drought or warfare.
Righteous anger on a particular and global scale. But where to take all this?
Well, I don’t want to add any further comments of my own on the cause of the tragedy, because so much has been said already.
But what I have found striking and really feels like a lotus blossom rising from the mud of tragedy has been the sense that this could very well be a turning point if we so choose, a turning towards the sun instead of the dark.
*to-rebuild our fractured communities;
* to choose tolerance and compassion instead of hate and intolerance;
* to act with civility and respect instead of rage and disrespect;
* to demand that governments take real action over gun control and stop the weasel words placating the gun manufacturers funding the gun lobby;
* to organise to stop funding wars and the armaments machine;
* to use taxpayers’ money for taxpayers – decent mental health facilities and treatment; good general health services; high-quality hospitals; affordable housing; solid infrastructure serving communities; more well-funded schools; decently-funded public libraries; sports complexes for all not simply an elite; taking care of the environment so our kids and this planet have a future; supporting job creation rather than job destruction; and so on.
Positive versus negative. Self-reliance and action instead of dependency and inertia.
But we are the ones who have to grow up and stop waiting for someone else to do it for us.
We are the change.
We can take our power into our own hands.
Save the rage for the few who rip us off and the governments who collude in that rip-off.
Save the love for our local, national and global communities.
We are on a leaky boat and we can plug the leaks ourselves.
When you wake up tomorrow, make your choices considered ones to build community and nurture the lotus, not to wallow in the mud.