“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill

  • Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselvesChristopher Lane
  • Pay attention to your moral compass
  • Speak up when witnessing an injustice
  • Support the civil liberties of others
  • Vote for those who want to make things better

It has been an interesting week in the news and in our household.  There was an Australian baseball star gunned down in the streets mindlessly by teens, a Georgia elementary school targeted by a young man with an assault rifle and a mother receives an anonymous letter telling her to euthanize her teenage boy afflicted with autism because he makes noise.  The deputy Prime Minister of Australia has called for a ban on the United States.  The sad thing is how the world community views us.  I had the pleasure of backpacking through Australia in 2008, and on my journey I met some fellow backpackers from Europe.  They wanted to know why America was so “crazy”.  I had to tell them that there are good people here and people who want to make a difference.  The only problem with that is, the world community has gotten use to hearing about American’s shooting up our schools, and other violent acts.  Now the argument can be made that this happens everywhere and we are just more susceptible to news of this sort because of our access to information.  The truth however is we buy the magazines, we read the blogs and we support the violent.

We are good people but we have become passive and silent.  We need to come together and support each other and force out those who want to cause harm.  This isn’t going to happen with new laws and more police, this is going to happen with our loving actions, kind words and support of what is right.  I urge you to find your voice, write a letter to the mother of the autistic child and let her know there are people behind her, leave a message for the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and let him know you are a good American and your heart goes out to the boys family. Do whatever it takes but just do something, the more goodness we put out into the universe the more negative we will push out.

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