On the seats of our tandem, gliding down a beautiful canyon, Tony and I discuss the kind encounters we have with people. It seems like people around the world are becoming more kind. This seems to be a tenuous statement in the aftermath of the Bastille Day tragedy, but I wonder if amidst so much incomprehensible, crazy hate, an opposite polarization is emerging and the world is growing in love and kindness.
Attacks jolt us--and like an earthquake divides the land, perhaps the jolt creates a division for which we must consciously choose sides.
The two sides are hate and love-with no in-between. There are degrees of the love and hate, but the dividing line is clear. No wishy washy stance can be tolerated.
What do I want to bring to the world? The question helps us see we are not capable of a murderous rampage in a white truck, but then, if I'm not doing evil, what good am I bringing to the world? If I can't answer definitively, then I must ask What does it take?
Every kind action, every concern, is a rejection of madness.
What if, each one of us who've shed a tear over the Bastille day attacks, over hunted police, over terrorism in any form,-- what if every act of violence triggered five acts of kindness. Intentional kindness. Just because one delusional man creates havoc doesn't mean we need to succumb to the havoc. Tragedy can be the birthplace of triumph.
We are bombarded with news of terrorist acts because they are anomalies. They are rare. May they become even more so. May goodness reign.
Approximately seven billion people live in this world. If every time there was an attack of terrorism, if even half of the world's population intentionally responded five acts of intentional kindness, it would result in 15 billion acts of love.
Let the fight begin.
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mahatma Gandhi