By Tom Demerly for tomdemerly.com
The greatest casualty in any tragedy is division. Division of opinion, division by fear, division by prejudice, division in belief, division by hate.
In division, we remain isolated and paralyzed in a repetitive script of tragedy and loss. History shows us that when we remain divided and isolated we suffer loss, but when we unite in courage, empathy and compromise we all live better lives.
Before we address any other argument, we must address division. That starts within ourselves. We must be humble and courageous enough to examine and re-examine our own values and beliefs, and hold those values and beliefs against the grand template of what is good for all mankind, not just our own lives.
Before we do anything else, let us not descend into division. At the crossroad of retreating into fear or the courage to embrace our unity, know that there is strength, freedom and safety in unity, and only darkness and loss in fear.
Before we do anything else, let us unite.