With the wave of anti-Semitic threats at Jewish Community Centers around the country, I have to admit, I took pride in the thought that it could not happen in our usually very diverse and welcoming community. I was wrong.
Sometime during the night swastikas and other messages of hate were spray painted across a bridge in the South Mountain Reservations, a well traveled hiking area in town. It truly hurts my heart and I am disgusted to think that it happened here.
The graffiti has already been removed and the incident is being investigated but I cannot help wonder what is causing the uprise in hate that we are seeing.
The title of my blog seems so inappropriate today. I am embarrassed for our country. We are not living in a kind world.
We are falling apart as a society.
As I have been scrolling through social media over the last few days, it seems many people echo my sentiments so why are we witnessing this chaos right now? Why is this happening? My heart is aching.
I refuse to take sides. How does this happen to a society where so many of us are teaching our children the complete opposite of hatred. Where does it come from? Why? Who is perpetuating it?
This is senseless. Hatred is a learned behavior. It needs to change.
I truly believe that people are more inclined to do good than bad but the tragic events at The Boston Marathon have made me question how much hatred and negativity is in our world. At the same time though, it has shown me that there are many more good people in the world than bad. Over and over this week, I have seen a quote by Mr. Rogers that reads, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”.
After the explosions at the marathon, people were running towards the danger doing everything in their power to help. Others ran directly to hospitals to donate blood knowing that they could make a difference in another way. This was so reminiscent of 9-11. The stories of heroes and our country that became united was inspiring. We could have shut down and lost faith in humanity, but instead we did the opposite. We came together not only to mourn, but also to make positive changes. It did not matter if these changes were large or small. We were doing things with the intention to promote the complete opposite of hate.
Senseless acts that harm, maim and kill are never logical. They affect every one of us. Not only those physically harmed but also everyone who witnesses the hatred. Sadly, hatefulness does exist in our world but for most of us, we will not let it make us lose hope and faith in humanity. Tragedies like these shake our world and in doing so, it makes us look for ways to change. Ways to be better people, knowing that in an instant, our lives can be changed.