In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, millions of students joined the Never Again movement, committing themselves to work toward the end of gun violence.
Whether that can be accomplished by tighter gun control or better access to mental health resources remains to be seen.
Like it or not, the United States has a culture of violence. We are bombarded with violent images, from movies to video games to social media to popular music. Our daily news programming is dominated by negativity spouted by loud commentators. This must change.
How do we transform our country into a culture of caring, of kindness? One person at a time, one moment at a time, one action at a time, one word at a time. Each of us must practice kindness, must teach caring.
Looking on YouTube, I found Ted talks by founders of many grassroots organizations trying to do exactly that–transform our culture with acts of kindness. This talk by Orly Wahba is especially eloquent, worth the time to watch. She says, “The more you give, the more you heal.” Kindness benefits the bestower as well as the receiver.