I Don’t Have the Answer To Save the World
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope” – Hal Lindsey
There are simply no words to aptly describe the shock and grief that I felt this past week as hateful demonstrations and attacks on innocent civilians throughout the world seemed to fill the news. I watched and listened to a president of a country equate racists who spewed hateful slogans while carrying torches and promising violence, to people who stood up against hate and preached tolerance. There are simply no words to explain how someone could possibly put blame onto “both sides”. Because of the violent action of one of theses hatemongers, a young woman died and several other innocent people were seriously injured.
My heart aches for those who have courageously stood up against racism, bigotry and intolerance and paid a huge price. What motivates someone to conceive in their own mind, plan and then carry out such a violent act against others? I cannot make sense of something so senseless, and there is a feeling of powerlessness that seems foreign to me. I am awestruck by those valiant individuals who helped those injured and ensured that no more lives were lost. Their courage comes at a great personal sacrifice, but one that we need to recognize because if we don’t, we give all of our power to those who act in a destructive fashion. Our world deserves our heroes today more than ever.
Each week, I try to share a different viewpoint about real estate or a lesson that I have learned. This week, I sat down with two very close friends who both emigrated to Canada (from 2 very different parts of the world) and talked to them about how racism has impacted them. I wanted ideas so that I could do to be part of the solution, rather than stand by, doing nothing. I was saddened to realize that my friends would have been targeted in Virginia simply because of the color of their skin. Being able to speak with them brought me a sense of insight into how we can excuse acts of bigotry because of someone’s age or upbringing, and yet it simply perpetuates the problem. I am proud of having clients from varied backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations and countries of origin. I don’t have the answers to save the world, but I certainly don’t want to part of the problem by turning my back on the issue of acceptance and equality.
Life is precious and matters. No matter what color your skin is.
Brian McCullough & Myles McCullough