As many of you are, I am having trouble getting my head around another mass shooting. What scares me most is the rhetoric that surrounds this tragic event. The talk of intolerance that perpetuates racism and fear.
I decided to look for hope. In the midst of tragedy, we must have hope. Hope is not denying the fear or the sadness. Hope allows for something new to come forth. Hope is like opening a window and hearing the cardinal singing. Hope is smelling the fresh air after the rain and knowing a rainbow is up there somewhere. Hope never fails.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech at the Tony’s gives voice to what I am feeling.
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope
and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
cannot be killed or swept aside.
From a letter written by R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder, to the school district of Round Rock on disinviting Phil Bildner to their schools:
The truth is, I’m tired of intolerance. I’m tired of the unkindness that breeds intolerance. I’m tired of the ignorance that fuels it and the fear that spreads it. We must all—authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, and school administrators—work together to stop intolerance in its tracks when we see it. Kindness can never grow where intolerance has taken root.
If all you did was watch TV news or scroll through social media, you may think that our world was in dire trouble. Terrorism, racism, hatred, intolerance…
But I look to my students, my own children, my colleagues, my friends and I see love, hope, and light. Please, please, please look for the light. Find the helpers. See the good in others. Hope is everything, my friends. Hold on tight to that feather.