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Have you seen Libba Bray’s post today?

I always believe in the need for compassion, for love, for kindness. There is so much hatred in the world–hatred, violence, terror. Acts that should never happen. I’ve seen what pure hatred can do. But our compassion and kindness helps make a positive difference. Helps to counteract some of that, helps give some people a reason to be here through their pain. Helps make the world a better place (as cliche as that sounds).

Today, the awesome Libba Bray talks about compassion, kindness, and empathy in the face of horror–and specifically, today, with a horrific shooting in a movie theater in Colorado It’s something I try to hold on to, too–compassion, love, making a positive difference in the world, not adding to the pain. Trying to face the horrors in the world, and not come away so empty or hardened that there’s no room for love. And, like Libba (and probably most writers), I use my writing to try to make sense of the world and my past, and try to make a difference.

Libba’s post really resonates with me. I’m grateful for her words today. We need compassion and kindness–it helps to counteract even the worst things people can do. I hope you’ll check out her post.

Also see Barry Lyga’s post in response to the tragedy. I very much agree with gun control, too, and not blaming art for people acting out. And also in *prevention* (which is in part gun control–and, I believe, counselling, prevention of child abuse, and more).

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