It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, and after many promises of a better schedule and frequent updates, I’ve let you all down again. I apologize.
Today, though, I want to address the tragedy in Newtown. Just briefly. I’m not going to rail on about gun control or health care. I’m not going to tell you that it could have been prevented or that, by some cosmic nonsense, there was a reason for this.
It was senseless violence. Twenty children, ages 6 and 7, and seven courageous and caring educators were gunned down two days ago by a man who had no business being in that elementary school to begin with. It was a tragedy.
Twenty families will experience the holidays without their little ones. Twenty families will have unopened gifts on Christmas morning. A season that should be filled with joy, love, and charity will now be associated with grief and loss for an entire town, and my heart goes out to them.
That was all I really wanted to say. I haven’t been able to get that shooting out of my head since I found out about it. Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers through the holiday season.
On the same day, Dec 14, a man in Beijing, China stabbed 22 children and an adult outside of a primary school. I just heard about this today, and it sickens me. Please include the families and victims in China in the above request for thoughts and prayers. Thank you. <3
Abandoned Doll in Prypiat © kvitlauk
Happy Friday! Bad news: The world just ended, and you need to write a post-apocalypse editorial. (I know, deadlines, deadlines.) Here’s your survival checklist:
- Tell me how the world ended.
- What should humanity do in the following hours?
- What should your citizens avoid?
- I’m scared and confused! Give me the run down and some words of hope!
Okay, go. =]
Flickr Photo © kvitlauk
The BP Oil spill has been at the forefront of every major American newscast for sixty days. There’s a hole in our planet that needs to be patched up, and no one knows quite how to go about doing that. That’s not to mention the loss of wild life, beachfront, and the overall health of the Gulf itself.
“Crisis” and “disaster” seem like understatements. “Heartbreaking” is a word that seems to have lost all meaning.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota has taken a stand against this disaster through spirituality and prayer.
“A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous,” Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. “We are in a time of survival,” he said. “But we don’t want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit.”
So, he proposes:
“It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together. If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.”
There is so little we can do from a physical standpoint, it seems only right that we take things to a spiritual level. I know, I know “Kit’s getting all preachy again. Let’s go read something else.” But hear me out. You don’t have to be religious to keep the Gulf in your thoughts. You’d be surprised to find what a few little words of hope in your heart can do.