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In This Moment

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In This Moment – At West End Gallery

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.

― Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners

It is a horrible moment in time for anyone possessing even the tiniest possible amount of compassion.

The last several years have brought us to a moment where human death and suffering has been devalued to the point where we find ourselves shrugging off horrific images and statistics, whether from the war in Ukraine or from gun violence ( school and mass shootings on a weekly, if not daily, basis) and the pandemic here (still nearly 2,000 American deaths per day) with barely a second thought.

All I can think when seeing the devastation in Ukraine with the bodies of the victims, too often children, strewn about on streets and buildings is that each of these dead bodies were individuals.

Each had a family. Each had friends. Each had aspirations and hopes. Thoughts and beliefs. A past filled with memories.

Each had a voice that simply wanted to be heard.

Like any of us, anywhere.

And now that has come to an end, leaving family and friends in grieving despair.

I think the same those killed in senseless violence here or from those who continue to die in the pandemic. As much as I want to chide some of those mainly unvaccinated people for their selfish carelessness or hubris, I think mainly that they too have left an unfillable hole among their friends and family.

And a hole in the mesh of humanity.

It is a loss for each of us, a diminishing of us as a whole.

It’s hard to rationalize any of this. How do you make sense of the senseless? How do you find a purpose or end that justifies any of this?

If you have read this blog before, you know I have no answers. I guess the best I can offer is the hope that we maintain our humanity and attempt to see commonality in one another.

To be a thinking and feeling person and to not side with the executioner.

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