In the wake of recent events, both in our country and around the world, I feel compelled to send a simple message. Be kind. Choose Love.
It may seem overly naive to some and it is easy to dismiss when you consider the immense frustration of those who live with the knowledge that they may never be treated with fairness and equity. I completely understand the anger of those who feel they are not being listened to, but being consumed by hate and resorting to violence solves nothing.
While I will never condone or understand the treatment some receive based solely on how they look, where they live or what they believe, hate is not the answer. Profiling is wrong. Discrimination is wrong. Taking innocent lives is wrong. It is time to start making things right. We have a problem and collectively we need to fix it.
It should not be that hard. It begins with kindness. Take the time to know someone before making a judgement. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. Keep an open mind. Listen. Choose love. We may be rejected, we may be ridiculed and we may not succeed right away but we must keep trying.
In 1963, in Strength to Love, Martin Luther King wrote:
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”