We need optimism, but not just optimism in feeling. We need optimism in action.
Relationships & Community
This year, many of the problems in our world have been magnified so much more, both in awareness and in effect. If you’re like me, you feel helpless.
There’s a growing trend to scour each other’s past to pull from the shadows an old statement or action that was offensive, that runs contradictory to who that person claims to be now. For high profile individuals, this often means public shaming and a loss of their career over something they said a decade ago.
These past few days, our family has taken evening strolls around our new neighborhood. As we approach people on the sidewalk, most are wearing masks (even the runners) and will step into the street to distance themselves as we pass. We give each other a quick nod, and though our mouths are covered, we can see the smile in each other’s eyes. Then we go on our way.
In recent years, America’s timeline has woven back and forth between shootings and protests. Closeup, it just looks like a series of unfortunate events… until you take a step back and you see they’re all connected in a fabric of willful ignorance and denial, cloaking the enduring danger and evil of systemic racism and white supremacy. Are we responsible for racism, and what’s our role in all of it?
The Coronavirus quarantine has been in place for over a month in the US now to varying degrees. While some places reopen, others are extending their quarantines. Understandably, people are upset and tired of the quarantine. Is it necessary for public safety, or is it an overstep of government limiting freedoms?