A few years ago, Hannah and I were discussing some of the terrible events of World War II. We spoke of great evil, and great heroism.
I was surprised at her depth of understanding when she told me something along the lines of: “Mom, I hate that Hitler and the people that believed in him did all those terrible things. He hurt people and that makes me really sad. But because of him people like Corey Ten Boom and Winston Churchill did great things to really help people. And because of them, I want to help people too.”
At only nine years old, but with innocent wisdom, she taught me something important. In times of great darkness, there will be many that choose to turn up the light.
There is goodness and beauty in this world, even in the face of evil. Sometimes especially in the face of evil.
The acts of bravery, heroism, and kindness that were committed in Boston yesterday are an inspiration to me. They are the bright, shining lights in the darkness, and the things I am trying to hold to.
“And because of them, I want to help people too.”
Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?
— J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird