My latest manuscript-in-progress is about the power of forgiveness. It seems a relevant topic given the events of this last week in Boston. The book is called “The Law of Immediate Forgiveness” and it asks two questions: how would our lives change if we could forgive one another (and ourselves) immediately; and who would want to stop such changes from taking place?
As I listened to news coverage of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and the investigation and pursuit of suspects that followed, forgiveness wasn’t uppermost in my mind. I felt the frustration of lack of comprehension and the anger of helplessness. And the exasperation brought about by yet another tragedy visibly dissolving into a venue for social divisiveness and political posturing.
|Dogs get it: More love.|
People, I wanted to shout, the answer is simple. More love, less hate. That’s it. That’s all we need to know. More love, less hate.
The people of Boston already know this. Their responses in the face of violence were powerful and simple expressions of love and concern. Read about the 78-year-old runner who was knocked over by the explosions and how he finished the race. More love, less hate.
The people of the U.S. and the rest of the world already know this. Another outpouring of support, concern, and generosity took place as people gave without question and prayed with full hearts. More love, less hate.
People everywhere already know this: More love, less hate. There is only a small minority who don’t get it. They can wreak havoc, but they cannot, ultimately, win. Unless we let them.
And as long as we remember the simple solution, we won’t let the few who are committed to destruction take over. We’ll persist in our insistent, devoted, single-minded path. As writers we’ll contribute our words, and all others will contribute what they can.
Together, we’ll create a world of peace. A world of more love, less hate.
Elizabeth Fountain is the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination.