Two days ago I was mentally composing what I thought would be another pithy post about painting. It was going to be glib yet intelligent and of course, packed with insight. Then there was an earthquake.
I have already written about the abundant ethnic diversity that exists in Brooklyn. It has one of the largest populations of Haitians living outside of that country and my heart truly aches with them and for those still there. In a country so impoverished, the loss and devastation is only magnified.
Humanity often demonstrates impossible cruelty, but it also possesses a tremendous capacity for love and generosity. I am grateful for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross who have so quickly responded to this event. If you are able to donate to either of these organizations, please do.
Hidden within every tragedy is an opportunity. This disaster may illuminate our sameness. In fact, my prayer is for sameness, in which we finally recognize that we are all the same, no matter our gender, age, color, country, sexual preference or Belief. Then perhaps our acts of love and kindness will occur not only in response to calamity, but each and every day.