I am not here to recap what is going on in the world- we have our trusty breaking news segments for that. What I am here to do is to breathe a sigh of relief. Thank the Lord it’s not Muslims who are carrying out such heinous acts of terror! This is the same sigh of relief white Christians breathe every time the Klu Klux Klan terrorizes non-white folk. I am SO relieved that people know and understand that the people who are ripping this world apart have no religion and believe in no Higher Power- for if they did, they would fear that Power before acting.
Let me break it down in simple terms: we as a global nation are amidst a moral panic. A kind of panic which is and will continue to test our patience, endurance and tolerance. A kind of panic which will bring out the kind of man or woman each one of us truly is inside. We cannot let someone else determine who we are and what we were meant to be.
This moral panic reminds me of one of my favorite films: The Dark Knight Rises. We are passengers forced on two boats. Both harbor innocent beings who have more in common with each other than against. Both being manipulated and threatened in order to bring out the worst darkness from within. Both fighting for survival and a chance to break the deafening silence of oppression. Because of the film, I am also reassured that sadists like the Joker, Assad, Trump and ISIS/Daesh will be overcome by the power of humanity. Yes, we forgot for a short while that we are all on the same boat, but let’s breathe together a sigh of relief because the future is brighter than ever.