13 January 2011
is it too light?
To be light. The problem is that we too often try to bring our own light, instead of receiving the light that is given to us. In bringing our own light, it too often winds up being more heat than light.
A perfect illustration of this was Tucson, five days ago: the mass murder and the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords’ life. It was an occasion for plenty of people to radiate a lot of heat, but not much light. Within a couple of hours, there was already a firestorm of speculation about the motives of the shooter. Many were attempting to draw a straight line from him to politicians and media personalities who make incendiary comments.
Clearly, the shooter and any possible accomplices are responsible for their own actions. But that goes for the rest of us. We shouldn’t pretend that our words and deeds don’t have consequences, especially those of us in positions of influence and those who have large audiences. We are responsible for what we say. Can we learn to use words that help bring more light and less heat?