Some times my heart is troubled. There’s no other way to say it.
There are the stories that make me doubt humanity, such as the one that is barely getting any mention in the press, the one about national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft, and how they approved torture during dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House. These people should have to pay for their crimes against humanity, but they won’t. That makes me sad. “History will not judge this kindly” indeed.
Then there are stories that give me hope, such as the one printed in my local newspaper today about the Amish family who lost their dairy barn last Thursday and about how the Amish community is nearly finished constructing a new barn only a week later. According to the article, “..the equipment that was lost was covered by insurance, but word of the destroyed barn spread quickly through the local Amish community. Hundreds of volunteers traveled to the farm from Thursday to Saturday to clear debris, put together the frames and lay cement block walls for 51 stalls and a milk room that will go below the new barn.”
So yes, us humans are an interesting lot. We have the capacity to treat each other so poorly and yet also are able to treat each other with such compassion. It is up to each of us to choose which path we want to take. Me, I choose compassionl.