2016 has been an interesting year. For some, it has been an absolutely horrible year.
I’m finding it exceptionally difficult to get into the holiday spirit. There are just so many awful things happening around the world. While I won’t deny my son Christmas, I have decided to give more than usual this year, and to keep on giving every month in 2017.
If you are looking for ideas to put money where your morals are, I’ve dug through various organizations and found several that support things I am passionate about. If you’re looking for ways to support women and girls around the world, this list is worth checking out.
“Let the atrocious images haunt us. Even if they are only tokens, and cannot possibly encompass most of the reality to which they refer, they still perform a vital function. The images say: This is what human beings are capable of doing — may volunteer to do, enthusiastically, self-righteously. Don’t forget.” – Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
I think about places like Auschwitz and Hiroshima quite often. I also think about “smaller crimes” to humanity, which are committed every day. I think about places that have been touched by violence and hate. Is there any place on this planet not tainted?