My heart is heavy.
If I could gather together sages from the past, these are the questions I would ask them:
Jesus of Nazareth: Why do we forget the love, and how can we get it back?
Love each other.
Mahatma Gandhi: Why do we resort to violence as a way to solve problems, and instead create wars? How can we bring about world peace?
Communicate with each other.
Blessed Mother Teresa: Who will care for those in need, those dying in the streets, whether of Ebola or malnutrition or gunshot wounds or neglect? How can we remember the least of these are our brothers, our sisters, ourselves?
Hold each other.
Beethoven: How can we soothe our savage natures with the universal language of music? Who will play your concertos in the midst of war?
Listen to each other.
Michelangelo: How can we protect your priceless works of art from the bombing, so that generations to come will see and feel your heart song?
Look beyond that which you see.
Albert Schweitzer: How can we save humanity from the Fellowship of Pain and degradation that is foisted upon them by their own kind?
Bind each others’ wounds.
St. Francis of Assisi: How can we honor all creatures great and small?
Honor each other with dignity and respect.
Friedrich Nietzsche: How will we survive today’s world?
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Viktor Frankl: Why?
There is meaning in suffering. “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
My heart is heavy, but now filled with hope.