I have, over the last year or so, felt like the world has gone crazy. There have been a few times over the last few months particularly where I have thought to myself ‘it feels like I am in a sci-fi disaster movie’,- hacker groups declaring a war on terrorist groups, death, horror and above all, hate. I have watched and read about things that have made me weep, have shocked me to the core, left me feeling hollow and at times without hope.
I sat yesterday watching the news updates about Jo Cox and I felt terror and sadness – and I felt that hopelessness – what kind of world do we live in? What kind of world are we going to leave behind for our children? What kind of world have I brought my daughter in to?
We all know that life isn’t perfect, there is going to be pain, and heartache and loss but there is also supposed to be joy, wonder and love and above all hope.
But where have love and hope gone? I cried over the tragedy in Orlando – I felt numb reading the updates, watching the video show the names and faces of the victims and before my tears had dried there is yet another example of humans being savage and hateful towards each other.
Maybe this has always been going on… maybe with 24 hour news and social media we are just all bombarded with it – there is no escape from the horrors we commit against each other. Then I saw this tweet…
So much sadness this week… I’ve heard too much about hate Please, everyone, do something good today – no matter how small. We need it x
— Ranj Singh (@DrRanj) June 16, 2016
This is it, this is our answer – but we already know this … “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.,
We need to truly believe it… we need to be good, we need to show we are good, demonstrate it in little steps or in big steps. And it will spread – we need to show our children that we can be good – and watch as the ripples of hope and love and empathy spread out from us, and from our children.
I truly believe that love is stronger than hate.