It seems that we are living in dark times.
A nation divided, a world fragmented.
We have become a culture bound by numbness and dulled by a desire to escape into one vice after another.
We have become dulled by an apparent need to escape.
But what exactly are we escaping from?
It is easy to focus on the hate, the despair, and the darkness that surrounds us.
It is even easier to ignore these. It is easier to focus on our own lives.
Yet if we turn a blind eye to the injustices of the world, and choose to ignore a reason to change it, we are just as equally the problem.
If we fail to realize that we are both the problem and the solution, we will continue to live in a time of history shrouded in darkness and characterized by temporary, selfish satisfaction.
It is important to know that it is okay to feel.
It is okay to cry. It is okay to pray. It is okay to feel hopeless, helpless, and lost.
We need to know that it is okay to be unsure.
However, we must realize that sometimes we break—as people, as friends, and even as a nation—in order to be built up again.
We must know that our wish for peace must be matched by an equally powerful will to be that peace.
We must realize that if we do not change, no one else will.
We are a nation with obligations to our fellow man. We are people capable of forgiveness.
We are not a godless nation. We are not a hopeless nation.
We are a human nation.
And God willing, we are a nation capable of change.