I was invited by Shareen of On the Verge to participate in a 3 Day Quote Challenge on the theme of sadness. Right now, what’s first in my mind is how much pain the world is in and how I wish I could fix it. I wish I could wrap every victim and survivor of these ongoing global tragedies in hugs. I wish I could help them feel safe. But I don’t feel safe myself.
It’s difficult to have a sense of security when I’m wondering if it will turn out that my neighbors are racist Islamophobes who want to pay ISIS’ terrorism forward. Facebook friends and Twitter followers are vociferously advocate violence against people like me because we resemble the original perpetrators of crime. It’s reactionary. It’s uninformed and unfair. It’s hurtful.It’s infuriating.
It’s 9/11 all over again. Terrorists are turning us against each other by replacing trust with fear.
Fear and anger go handing in hand, so it makes sense that I would be angry about this turn of public opinion. But the truth is, I’m really sad. I had hoped our society was moving beyond generalizing brown as Arab and Arab as Muslim and Muslim as terrorist. I had hoped my friends wouldn’t drown their intelligence in their own fear. Many have kept their heads above the tide, but it turns out many haven’t.
I saw a picture the other day that says “Anger is Sad’s bodyguard.” The image reminded me that underneath, those wishing for their chance to add to the violence are sad. Sadness is love’s sister, friend to compassion. Even though these individuals are misinformed and racist, can I find transform my sadness to compassion for them?
With that in mind, I’ve chosen the following three quotes to express where I want to be in my head and heart so that I can support the world in the best way I can.
I joined the challenge late, but I nominate the following three bloggers to share their quotes on sadness:
Stacia Fleegal of Single Writing Mom
Nicole Lyons of The Lithium Chronicles
Rebekka Steg of Becky’s Kaleidoscope