At a time when tweets and sound bytes could easily disengage another beautiful day on planet Earth, I pause. I pause because I can. I pause because I choose. I pause because I am in awe.
I’m here to witness CHANGE. An old Chinese warning is “May you live in interesting times”. Yes, indeed. Yesterday, I proudly witnessed our youth marching with determination, focus and courage. They were not alone. Older people walked beside them and behind them and remained silent.
These kids nation-wide and world-wide were not only gutsy to organize such a grand scale protest; they named it a movement. Yes! It isn’t going away after fifteen minutes of fame. These kids have a plan. Rolling thunder? perhaps. But planetary change requires sacrifice, sheer guts and fearlessness. I saw all of these yesterday and each speaker brought a sense of dedication to standing for an end to gun violence.
There were many moments of heroic speeches that will impact history. However, the most moving for me was the young girl who read out the names of those ‘sacrificed” in Florida and then stood in silence. Silence, silence. Can you hear it? Can you hear the echoes of “Enough is enough, Never Again, and lest we repeat ourselves, shouts from the rooftops, “Never Again!” Perhaps “never again” needs to become a mantra that is repeated over and over and over and over and over and over.
Please tell me that we won’t slip back into cerebral “conversations” on boring panels in beige meeting rooms with politically correct old people. The youth are on the move. Yes, indeed, and I’m marching with them in my heart, in my mind and with my pen.
Perhaps we need to take several hours to read the list of everyone killed due to gun violence and then stand in silence, in respect, in grief and in dedication. Can you hear the echoes or will they be lost upon the wind?