It seems the world is filled with terrible tragedies at the moment and
I doubt that many of us understand exactly why these wars are being fought
and even if we did, we are powerless to do anything about it.
I wanted to acknowledge in this space that the world is a sad place to be,
and it is ok to feel puzzled and frightened by the sad events around the globe.
This afternoon the children and I went into town with this quilt I have just finished.
We hung it on the fence where the door of the school used to be that Chrissy and James
attended up until the earthquakes took it all away.
These days my Twitter feed in the mornings is filled with stories of
families being bombed in their homes and safe places
and it makes me angry that human beings will do this to each other.
Here in Christchurch we spent months and months
being shaken in our beds and as we lived our lives thousands of earthquakes,
and we know what it is like to live in a city where every single person is exhausted and sleep deprived.
It breaks my heart that people will inflict that on each other,
that their problems are so huge, that they feel the only way to deal with them is with
rockets and heavy artillery.
Even though we haven't lived through a war,
I know what effects long term stress and fear has on children;
and I wish with all my heart that this was not happening to children around the globe.
When I was thinking about writing this post,
I remembered that my friend Kate had also written a post about these things,
called "Unanswerable Questions".
Kate says how we have no answers to these questions,
and there is nothing we can do to fix them.
Last semester I wrote an essay about the future of Sociology
in which I argued that we must have hope for a future for humanity.
I wrote that as humans we are designed to be part of something bigger than ourselves,
and as history tells us that we have adapted to change,
to believe humanity will keep changing, enabling us to live with hope and a future.
In the meantime. all I can do is love my family, love my neighbours,
look after my friends, pray for peace in the world today;
and maybe brighten the spaces I live in with colourful quilts!
I'm going to hold on to hope that humans can find a way
to live at peace with each other.