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The Triumph of Good Over Evil

Today is 9/11.  Despite not being personally affected by the day, I can still barely bring myself to look at photographs or read other people’s stories of where they were, and how it was.  When I see the television specials appear on my TV menu every September, I skip past so quickly, I practically leave skid marks.

I don’t know why it bothers me so much, or why it still has the power to make my soul ache 11 years later, but it does, and I can’t deny.

This year, for the first time, I decided to combat these awful feelings by restoring my faith in the general goodness of the world.  Because I do believe in that.  I believe that we have been slowly acclimated into thinking that people are evil and the world is going to hell by the news.  And it’s not that I’m foolish, or a conspiracy theorist–I know people do bad things.  People are capable of the most tremendous evil.  But in general, I earnestly believe that the world is good.  That people are kind, and want to care for each other.  Even those they disagree with.

And as good, kind, caring people, we are capable of acts of the most sublime beauty, and generosity, and joy, and kindness.  We don’t get to hear enough about it.  There is not enough wonderment brought to our eyes and ears every day.

While my ultimate goal would be a 24 hour news channel called the Wonderment Network that would report on nothing but the sublime, the beautiful, and the uplifting all day and night, that is a bit lofty for a single day’s work.

Instead, today, I am asking people to share their own stories of kindness.  Whether it’s a random act of kindness you performed (and yes, it’s okay to toot your own horn in this case) or if you were the recipient, please share it in the comments.

Let’s uplift the world a bit on this tragic day.  

With hope,

Liz

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