I have been quietly observing people on Facebook. It may not be the best platform to make observations but I am fascinated by humans and their behavior, and Facebook presents itself with plenty of fodder to look at. This past week, there was much to notice as it felt like there was another overload of
Like many others, the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame was horrifying and brought me to tears. I have always felt a special protective force within when it comes to the preservation of history. Witnessing the erasures of history and watching the destruction of artworks and literature that is a part of human history stabs me deep within. It consistently reminds me of the dream with Heimdall and my witnessing the fall of Alexandria and Hypatia. Save the scrolls plays like a broken record in my head as I watch fearfully that much will be lost. Again. As it has happened a million times over the course of mankind.
And as this played out, I learned about the 3 churches gutted by arson in Louisiana. The mosque on fire at the same time as the Cathedral. The repeated postings of blatant misogyny being made into law in states that simply hate women and their freedoms. All of this happening and I could feel myself disassociate with the struggles of so much tragedy. It’s been like this since 2016 and has no sign of letting up. It is what it is and we have to do what we can to get through it.
Yet I sat back and watched the horror of my fellow man. The fighting over which tragedy was more important. The policing over who has the “right” emotions and who doesn’t. Who is better than others. At the core of every tragedy that is happening in our world is the division of otherwise intelligent people. Without division, none of this would be happening and continue to happen. Yet here we are. Prepared to act as if we somehow kno better than our neighbor and that we should aggressively tell them what to do. That we have to decide if drinking water in Flint is far more important than the electric chair for women in Texas. We don’t have to choose which one is important. All we have to do is divide up the tasks by who wants to take on what and then deal with it. Yet we are in the trap of division.
Before you set out to tell someone that they have no business not being outraged at a Cathedral burning, set out to ask them to take on the tragedies that you don’t have the energy for. No one tragedy is more important than the other. We need people to fight for drinking water in Flint, help those churches in Louisiana, save the mosques around the world, fight for equal rights, elect the right person into office, and do what we can to leave the world better for our children.