I attended the 44th presidential inauguration this weekend. I am now headed home, sitting at the airport; overhead they are “paging the person who just lost their iPhone.” I hear people walking by, talking about Obama. A tote bag with those big ears declares “forward.” It felt like everyone in the city was there to celebrate. I know some were just there because they live here, but I have to say, the waitstaff, pedestrians and metro workers I talked to, radiated good cheer— even when I panicked because my fare card wouldn’t work. I like to think the cheer is like a glue that is binding us all.
It is now a few weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting. With 26 dead, we are scrambling to come up with a way to deal with, not only the grief that such a tragedy elicits, but widespread confusion about gun control in its aftermath.
Let us start with this piece of clarity: 20 children should not have been shot to death. There is no argument there. So what is it then? Maybe it is our sense of decency that is keeping us confused. No decent person is willing to easily “go there”—to that realm of possibility where an industry would be so greedy and corrupt, it would create a business model based on death and destruction. It is hard to find words that don’t sound foul coming out of our mouths. For us to say the NRA and gun companies profit from and cultivate a culture of violence would imply such deviant thinking, such reprehensible acts that it is hard to admit to even thinking an official and respected organization would do such a thing. Continue reading →
Hurricane Sandy forced us to talk about climate change during the election. But we can’t limit the discussion to every time there is an Irene, a Sandy, or a Katrina. It is time to end climate silence and commit to solutions. Continue reading →