Freeze I said.
Look at you,
Be still. Stop and think.
Let it be Winter, if only for a minute
and freeze the wrath of humankind.
See the face etched with a scowl,
white knuckles clutching a dagger.
Eyes, blind to self,
fixated on something opposed,
maybe you, maybe me.
Frothing at the mouth like a rabid dog,
preaching hate and intolerance.
Chained by a heavy heart,
grasping for the light,
imprisoned by his own darkness.
Freeze, I said.
Stop and reflect,
before we march on our bloody way.
“It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.”
– Ian McEwan, Atonement
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
– Harper Lee, To kill a mockingbird
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
– Dalai Lama
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther Kind Jr
No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.
– Mahatma Gandhi
“Atticus, he was real nice.”
“Most people are, Scout,
when you finally see them.”
– Harper Lee, To kill a Mockingbird