What I am sure of is that in the face of such evil, there are only two kinds of people: Those who believe nothing can be done about it (and hide behind all kinds of excuses to justify their cowardice) and those who believe that evil can be overcome and do something about it. The quote I used comes from one of the most inspirational moments in moviemaking history (my opinion as a Fantasy nerd). Confronted by a reckless hatred; tired, overwhelmed and discouraged, two of the protagonists of the movie find solace in turning their eyes away from the darkness and gazing towards the inspirational beauty that still exists in the world. At that instant, they realise that all the doom in the world cannot smother the inextinguishable flame within them. A flame fueled by that something that keep them going.
So what are we holding on to? I have discovered the awe inspiring, sublime wonder of the world within my family. My wife and two children are my beacons of light, guiding my vessel through the dangerous waters of this life. They inspire me to want to make this world a better place, not for me but for them, and I will do so until the day I pass on from this world. For others, the fire in their spirit is kindled by the inexpressible natural beauty of our planet. Their passion drives them to fight for sustainable development and conservation – even if it means that they have to spend time away from home and family for long stretches of time. Some see the powerful potential of humanity, braving the dangers of war-torn regions in order to bring medical and humanitarian relief to the victims of conflict.
Admittedly, when things take a turn for the worse, it becomes very difficult to see the silver lining. When darkness and doubt threaten to break our spirit and all that we see are violence, hunger, pain, greed and anger – it would seem that there is simply no hope against the malice of the world. It is during such times that we must remind ourselves that there is still some good in the world. We must force ourselves to take our eyes off the frightening machineries of our time and find motivation in the beauty that we still have with us.
During this week, stop yourself from focusing on the bad news all the time and find the colourful bursts of light of beauty that flows all around us. Rediscover that one thing that is worth fighting for and rekindle the fire within you.