November 24, 2015
The World We Live In
In the aftermath of the terror in Paris and the continued high alerts in other parts of our planet, we are often told “This is the reality of the world we live in,” from the analysts, political candidates and governmental figures dominating our 24/7 news cycle. Many of us believe this, have heard this phrase from others or even used it ourselves.
This is not the world we live in.
The world we live in will go largely unnoticed if those who wish us ill use our fear as their weapon.
The world we live in is made up of people preparing to celebrate this Season of Light. People gathering for social, sports and community events, political rallies and debates. The world we live in celebrates different religious, cultural or family traditions and is a world of connectedness, understanding and sharing.
The world we live in resolves differences through education, compromise and involvement and recognizes that darkness cannot prevail when it is surrounded by light. The only way this is not the world we live in is if we surrender.
And fear is the vehicle for surrender.
As we try to make sense out of the events giving rise to the pain, loss and destruction we’ve experienced these past days, our world can be love and light or fear and dark. The world we live in is the world we choose.