Love Is the Answer
When I think about the recent shooting at the gay club in Orlando, all I can think of is how often we get it wrong in understanding violence in our country. Even though it’s true that gay people were targeted this time, three years ago it was school children in Newtown, and 20 years ago it was high schoolers at Columbine. In reality, it doesn’t matter who was in the club– they happened to be largely gay hispanics, but the fact is that they were people laughing and having a good time, and then shot down for no reason. It doesn’t matter who the gunman was– he was Muslim and originally from Afghanistan. But the reality is that he was mentally imbalanced and had easy access to guns, just like the killer at Newtown and the killers at Columbine, all of whom were white.
It scares me that we live in a country that might elect a man who wants to build a wall and shun all Muslims. Do we not remember our history, the fact that people of Japanese descent were imprisoned here in our country during World War II even though they were American? Or the Jews rounded up in Europe to be killed just because of their religion?
It seems almost trivial to think about finding your passion and living it when so much of the world seems at war with each other, and when terrorist attacks have become so commonplace that we barely notice anymore. And yet, finding your world stage is essential for the world, because if you’re doing your life’s work, then you radiate a joy that can’t help but create a light for so much darkness. We need more people standing up for what they believe in and living a life committed to helping the world as an antidote to hate.
I wrote a song once in which the lyric was: Love is the answer/Joy is the way/To finding meaning/In every day. I wrote it as a wedding song, but really it’s more apt as a counter to the world’s violence. The more we can live with love as the answer to any problem and choose joy on our path, the more meaning we will find, since there is no meaning in violence and there is no meaning in watching the Kardashians or trying to keep up with the Joneses. The meaning comes from being true to ourselves and stepping up on our world stage so that we may be a light for others.
Love is the answer. Now go prove it.