"Optimism claims everything will be alright despite reality. Hope accepts reality, the poverty of spirit that underlies all fear, instigates all tragedies, bureaucracy and institutional inertia."
After many heinous acts of religious violence in countries and cities such as Nigeria, Chapel Hill, Baghdad, Yemen, Chad, Pakistan, Copenhagen, and Libya, I and many others of the ethnically and religiously diverse community that DU possesses have felt very uneasy over the past few weeks. Growing up Jewish and seeing acts of anti-semitism across Europe reminds me everyday that the world is nothing close to perfect, and that none of us really ever are truly completely one-hundred percent safe. After feeling personally affected by the Charlie Hebdo attacks, as well as the attacks on a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, I saw it as necessary (at the very least) to join my friends at the Peace Vigil put on by DU Interfaith Advocates.
Working in the Center for Judaic Studies, a religious and academic department, as well as blogging for admissions has made me realize that I can and should be a voice for hope. Many people peruse social media or read a news blurb and then go about their days as if nothing at all happened. Some say a prayer or two, and hug their friends and family. There are many ways to go about reacting to such news, some better than others, but it is important to think positively and think of those lives lost. Even so, we should all stand together to remember those whose lives ended too soon.
Growing up in Chapel Hill, a liberal boon among a state with very mixed political views and intentions, I would not have expected such violence to take place there. This happened only seconds away from University of North Carolina, where some of the best and brightest of our country go to study and go from good students to even better people. Acknowledging that such acts as these could happen anywhere is imperative.
During the vigil, Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike spoke of their feelings and how we should all come together and unite as one to grieve or support each other. Here is hoping that everything will be OK despite all the toil and hate that exists in this world.