Kindness in Today’s World
I am writing this post as I wake up to the news that over 50 people died at a concert in Las Vegas, making it the worst mass shooting in modern US history. This comes mere days after a terrorist attack in Edmonton AB, leaving multiple people injured. This begs the important question, how do we as human beings remain kind in a world where there is so much chaos?
Where you no longer know if it is safe to go to a concert.
Or a football game.
I was listening to a Podcast yesterday about World War 1, where Dan Carlin (Hardcore History) made a comment along the lines of; “It’s sometimes not about who the killer was, but how the victims react”.
Now is our time to react. With kindness and positivity we can be resilient. Human beings are meant to be resilient. We can overcome the negativity hurled at us from every direction if we try.
However, as you post those #PrayforVegas, and other hashtags as other horrific events come up, think about other ways in which you can change the world around you. Does it mean making an informed vote? Maybe you need to check-in to current politics to see what kinds of legislative changes are being proposed. Maybe it means volunteering for a new organization that you think you would be interested in.
Remember, it’s all about “how the victims react”. Don’t let that reaction go the span of a day or a week before you forget about it and go on. Let it go the span of your lifetime.
Over 50 people lost their lives. That’s over 50 futures, milestones, new opportunities, and experiences that these individuals will never get to have. These are people’s siblings, daughters, sons, fathers, and mothers. Families shattered forever.
Think about that next time you are horrified at an event. We cannot make this the new norm. We cannot simply put “#prayforX”, and expect things to change. Ask people how they are doing. Keep an eye out for those that might be in distress.
Furthermore, celebrate more often. Celebrate all the little things that you were able to accomplish. Spread positivity in every action that you do. We live in a harsh world, so make sure you take the time to enjoy the things in life that truly make you happy.
It really is about the small things in life. Like being able to take in a concert without the fear that it’s going to be your last.