“…jump over rainbows.”
Listening to the stories of all those who lost their lives in Tucson, they all have one thing in common. They weren’t self-involved; they weren’t egotists; they didn’t put money ahead of lives and unknown families; they weren’t narcissists.
They were just ordinary human beings who cared about their community and all the people who lived in their community. They exhibited the best of us. The best that we can only hope to be. For many of them, they cared more for others than for themselves and so gave up their lives in that noble pursuit.
“Let us use this occasion to expand our moral imagination.”
Should we not look within ourselves as well as outward to question how well we live and breathe our values? Is your political opponent really your enemy? Is someone who does not believe as you really your enemy? Or are they simply members of your American family with another point of view?
“I hope you jump over rainbows.”
Passionate beliefs made this country strong, but politically induced hatred nearly brought it down once before. We can do better. We must do better. Hatred solves nothing, but working together, even though we have different ideas and different points of view, will make us strong again.
Let us resolve, upon the hour of this great tragedy, to mend our differences, put aside the hatred and angry words, our fear and our frustrations, and make our children proud.