War for the sake of ego or profit makes me cry and also infuriate me. The sight of draped coffins coming home to devastated families tears me up. The memory of planes crashing into the World Trade Center makes me want to turn away but one can’t turn away from a memory. One can’t ignore the sight of those throwing themselves from windows ninety stories up.
Mistreatment of animals makes me cry. The commercial showing the innocent cratures who’ve been mistreatment makes me furious at those who hurt them but makes me sob at how those cats and dog still only want love and care.
Racism and bigotry disguised as Christianity or patriotism makes me furious at the perpetrators and makes me weep for the mistreated.
Rodney King’s words–“Can’t we all get along?”–makes me cry because I don’t know why we, all beloved children of God, can’t. Thinking of the insults black men in the South had to put up with makes me cry which is why To Kill a Mocking Bird makes me sad–and angry and makes me do something!.
Hearing that the tiny bodies of the Newtown children were so badly ripped up by the bullets used by the gunman that the grieving parents weren’t allowed to see them to ID them but had to identify their babies through photographs. Then thinking about those parents going home do something with the Hannukah and Christmas presents their children would never open.
So many other things: Nelson Mandella’s years in prison, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
And when events make me cry, then angry, I have to do something. These emotions should kick me into action to change things.
What do you think?