Why must humans create such animosity toward one another? Is it because we are frightened, envious? If so, of what? Still, does being frightened give us the right to demean, hurt, and kill others? What is wrong with exercising some consideration for others – don’t you expect the same treatment? My request includes this: stop hurtful responses, comments – they are cruel, inhumane and undeserving. Hold back those ugly vial words of disrespect. No matter the incident, no matter the person. Please, let us try to spread compassion and understanding – this is how we will defeat those who try to empower with fear. We can be better than that, we can be stronger. Fear takes over when we give in to anger, weakness and uncertainty – let’s change that, let’s think that all things will be better. This is not a “Pollyanna” outlook, this is reality. If you think things will be better, they will – no matter what you face. No matter what hill you climb; if you hope, if you remain positive, it will be better. Norman Vincent Peale said: “You can if you think you can.” Try to put yourself in the place of others, just try. Keep the vitriol away from exchanges, especially on the internet, whatever social media you follow. There is a book called Random Acts of Kindness (and a website: www.randomactsofkindness.org) – and, there have been many random acts of kindness, great ones and small ones. We’ve seen some of these extreme courageous acts on the media – but, we need to do more. They need to be small acts no one reports, they need to come from the heart, and they definitely need to be kind. What is kind? Kind, as defined in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, 10th edition, 2001 is: affectionate, loving, of a sympathetic or helpful nature, of a forbearing nature, gentle. So, I implore us to be kind – let’s pull back the fear, disgust and hate – let’s practice more kindness – every day, in every way (small or otherwise.) Please, let’s pay it forward – I am reminded of the movie Pay it Forward done in 2000. If you haven’t seen it, watch it – a great story. I do not come from a privileged background, I do not come from an impoverished background (although there was a short period we did receive food stamps long ago) – I have worked and gained what I have because of what I have accomplished. And, it is extremely painful for me to watch this already great nation of ours reeling with division and hate. We can do better. Aren’t there enough natural disasters that we face without having to face the human kind? Please, pull back the hate and accusations!