It’s difficult for the LoaTree team to focus today in light of the tragic events that unfolded this morning in Newtown, Connecticut, where at least 20 children and 6 adults were slain in yet another shooting rampage. While we won’t know the circumstances that led to this horrendous event, nor will we have clear answers for quite some time, suffice it to say that something is horribly wrong in our society. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were in any way affected by what transpired this morning at a small school in a small town.
LoaTree’s motto is ‘Live for a Better World.’ We encourage everyone to take steps – big or small – that move our communities towards a place of sustainability, responsibility, and the betterment of society as a whole. Yet for all the progress we make, we are constantly reminded that there are those in our own communities that seek to tear us down instead of lift us up.
The fault cannot be placed squarely on the individuals behind the trigger (or knife or bomb or vehicle), for we have all too often allowed these individuals to slip through the cracks. We’re not making excuses for the madness – we’re simply saying that as a community, we have a response-ability to make sure we look after each other and support each other as best we can. Unfortunately, we too often turn our heads to ignore a problem, resulting in greater harm. But this we can no longer afford. We have seen the repercussions of this approach, and with it, the fragility of life.
As powerfully stated by Edward Hale, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Today and tomorrow and next week and next year, let us all consider what we can do. Let us build up our networks, our systems of support, our resiliency, and the way we live our lives so that we make things better. Let our actions show others that we, together, can inspire each other, help each other, learn from and include each other. And importantly, let us reach out a hand to those who may need it the most.
Today, we lower our heads and send positive healing thoughts to the people, families and communities impacted by this unnecessary harm. Tomorrow, we live for a better world with a greater purpose and intention. We hope you’ll join us.
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By Eric Cardenas, LoaTree