From Lisa: I didn’t come up with this title. It was plastered all over promotional items in the gift shop at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. But boy what a concept it is. And NYC may very well be the best example of love over hate that I have personally experienced in my lifetime. I visited NYC several times growing up and always found it to be a harsh environment. The people were unfriendly, unhelpful, never made eye contact and never smiled. But in visiting just a couple of years after 9/11, I noticed a huge difference. The people did make eye contact and they looked around themselves. They kept track of others. They helped each other across the street. They smiled and seemed to genuinely care about all of their citizens, including the homeless.
I remember thinking what a beautiful outcome it was to such a tragic experience. But I never expected it to last. Now, nearly 18 years later, I visited NYC again, and to my great surprise, it remains a loving place. People still smile, speak with each other, help each other, care for each other. The concept that they would not allow a tragic event turn them all into hateful people is an amazing concept at the very least. If only we could follow in their footsteps. Stop pointing fingers. Stop condemning. Let’s learn to ban together, survive the un-survivable, and still love one another.
Hate is a backward way of thinking. Love is the ONLY way.