When I approached people about this project and ask them to contribute their thoughts a friend came back to me and ask why I would focus on things while there are people dying out there every day. I said that it was because there are people dying out there every day. They are shot, stabbed, stoned, burnt, ripped to pieces through bombs and shrapnel, drowned, whipped… More often than not it is not even worth a news item. And we go on. I think it is because ultimately humans are meant to last and the living are meant to live on.
But when you take things that are uniquely painted, carved, built, printed, created by nature, or just exist through our extraordinary power of the mind – these are things made to last if not forever so for a very long time. When they are gone and their list comes up and grows longer and longer by the day – maybe, just maybe this would make us pause for longer than it takes to change our profile pictures and say that we pray. It might make us think how our own behavior is reflected in the monstrosity of all these acts done by other human beings to things – the ideas behind them really – and other humans. Our own lack of empathy, our constant striving for more money, more power, our own intolerance, our sorry not sorry, our self-centeredness, our belief that our opinions and views are always right and the only one valid, etc.
Last night I sat on the sofa, my writing project open and in front of me, but really watching the game. I heard the bombs go off, their dull boom unmistakably for my ears who has witnessed much the same live one summer night in Sharm el Sheikh. I saw the people pause because as I knew these booms shake the earth and the people on it in their core. When I was through with my panic attack for which I scolded me for since I was far away and in safety my heart went out to those in the middle of it and helplessness gripped me.
But we don’t need to be helpless because we can all work on the most important place in the world to start change: us. We can chose to not kill, we can chose to not be jealous, we can chose to love the other just as much as ourselves, we can chose to be interested, we can chose to be passionate, we can chose to be curious about what we don’t know and not be afraid, we can chose freedom, and we can chose to live and actually live all this.
“Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It’s harsh and cruel. But that’s why there is us: Champions. It doesn’t matter where we come from, what we have done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world were as it should be to show it what it can be.”