It’s a sad day in our country and a tumultuous time in our world. I saw this on Facebook and it struck a chord with me. I think that Mr. Rogers had it right, as Anne Frank had it right when she wrote, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
There are people in the world that would do harm to others. To my knowledge, the last time we have seen brutality of this scale on our own soil was the shooting at Fort Hood. It is baffling to most of us that there are people in the world with so much anger within them that they could enact something so horrifying as to open fire on innocent people. Indeed, it is baffling to most of us that there are people in the world who could enact such deliberate violence at all, no matter the scale or cause or targets.
Our hearts are heavy today as we grieve for our losses, but as Fred Rogers said, we must look for the helpers. In the news clips that I have seen, helpers have been abundant in Colorado – from the tireless efforts of law enforcement in investigating the crime and its perpetrator, the labors of the medical professionals offering care and comfort to the wounded and their families, to the participation of witnesses in interviews and the ongoing investigation to paint a picture of the event so that the perpetrator can be brought to justice. There are helpers in Colorado.
But the remarkable thing, and the thing that keeps my faith in this country and its people, is that we have rallied. The story of Aurora, Colorado has dominated news rooms, radio airwaves, blogs, Facebook statuses, and Tweets today. As it should. All over the country, people are praying. People are remembering. And people are sharing. There are still a lot of helpers in our country. And this is something in which we may take comfort.
The sad reality is that there will always be those with the capacity and desire to hurt others, whether in our own cities and country, or the world at large. That is a disheartening fact to accept. But with it is the knowledge that there will always be people who rise to help. It’s been refreshing to see that kind of unity today in the midst of a heated political climate where polarization seems to be the new norm. It’s been refreshing to be reminded that the people of this country can still care about something as a united front, can provide support, even if that support can only come in thoughts and prayers.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims in Aurora and their families and my heart goes out to Colorado.