Throughout the past month I’ve read many Facebook posts and comments saying things like, “The world has gone mad,” “What’s happened to common sense,” and “People are sick and senseless.”
I have been driving around a good part of the the United States the last two weeks and the story I see is different than the one that’s told on the 24-hour media loop. In Dallas, Texas I had the pleasure of having a conversation with both police officers and Black Lives Matter activists. Believe it or not, they were in the same room, at the same concert, and even sat next to each other during the second set. In an Oklahoma parking lot, I saw the Confederate flag on the back of a pickup truck cease to wave in the wind as its owner stopped to help jump start the car of a gay couple. In Jackson, Michigan, the birthplace of the Republican Party, I spoke to a pastor about his drive to instill compassion back in his community and how he’s trying to be more compassionate to himself.
My point is that I don’t see a world that is coming undone at the seams. I see our anger as a shorthand for pain and wanting more from our country, its leaders, our communities, and ourselves. The world is not broken. We are.
The Dalai Lama said, “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” I believe that there is a compassionate fire in each of us. Mine has been burning a bit brighter in response to so many grave injustices. I wrote this new song, “Before The Fire Fades,” to remind myself that some fires are not meant to go out. You can choose to pay whatever you want for the song and you are of course welcome to download it for free if you’d like. All the proceeds collected will go to the GLBT Center in Orlando. Please feel free to share on social media and with your community.