The Inner Light

In the darkest hours of mankind’s brief history, it has taken the courage and tenacity of those few to stand up for what is right.  History doesn’t always notice or remember who these individuals are, but their actions echo throughout the ages.  Without these people — these brave souls — what would the condition of our world be today?

We are all different from one another.  This much is certain.  We all have different life experiences that form our judgments and shape who we are as individuals.  And there are times when these characteristics can clash with those of another person or even a group of people.  It is only natural.  But it is not above human nature to rise about the differences that we all have.  It is our job as fellow human beings to look out for one another because, in essence, we are all the same.

One doesn’t have to search very hard to see the hatred that exists within our small world, and it is quite possible for one to think that misery is abound as we cannot be one with each other as we should be with ourselves.  It was Anne Frank that wrote, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”  Even with so much violence and hatred all around her, this teenage girl still saw the good in the world and in the people around her.

It only takes one — one voice from one person — to stand up against tyranny, to stand up against violence, to stand up against oppression… to stand up against all hatred.  We must, as a civilized society, be more conscious of our actions and our words.  The acts of tolerance and open-mindedness must become the mindset of all… even when we disagree or don’t understand.

So I call upon all of my fellow citizens that inhabit this planet to rise above all the differences we share… above all the hatred… to become enlightened as to what makes us all unique and to what unites us all.  We all have the right to be equal partners in the future of mankind.  We all have the right to be happy.  We all have the right to be free.  We all have the right to coexist peacefully.

“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

Anne Frank~


2 Responses to The Inner Light

  1. Brad says:

    Nicely said!

  2. James S. says:

    Here’s an op-ed from the NY Times… It’s amazing what can truly be accomplished when we can come together as a people and work toward a common goal that benefits all of us.

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