D is for Danger
Rabbit from A Boy Who Wants a Dinosaur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura
Train tracks from Catch Me, Catch Me! A Thomas the Tank Engine Story illustrated by Owain Bell
Lego guy from Lego City: Snow Chase — Scholastic Books
Extraneous bushes from ??
Ways to deal with danger (note — not all these are optimal):
- See it. Recognize it.
- Be immobilized by fear/horror.
- Yell for help.
- Be the help.
Things to do in the wake of tragedy (note — not all these are optimal):
- Clean up.
- Prepare against further tragedy.
- Push back with good.
Yesterday my Facebook news feed held horrific images from Syria.
I don’t do well with horrific images.
In fact, I turned off the television for years after seeing bodies floating in the Kigali River during the Rwandan genocide.
Mary was asking me about my memories of the Vietnam War era the other day. I told her that Time Magazine had images that I can’t erase from my mind.
I never watched Schindler’s List because I knew I couldn’t handle the violence of it. Someone told me that you get sort of used to seeing a Nazi pull out a gun and shoot someone in the head. I never want to get used to that.
At the same time, I don’t to be unaware, sticking my head in the sand. I read the news avidly.
I want to push back against the darkness in the world. How can I do that?
At the very least, I can champion for good with my words.