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Something’s Gotta Give

Posted on 05/17/2013 @ 02:00 PM

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I was driving home from school on Monday, April 15, in the pouring rain (characteristic of April in Miami, but difficult to maneuver nonetheless) with my best friend when a breaking news notification popped up on her phone: Explosions at finish line of Boston Marathon. 2 dead. 22 wounded. More details to come.

I wish I could say I was shocked, but how could I be shocked?

Aurora. The Newtown shooting. The stories surface every few days of a shooting in this or that city, of a school aged child pointing his parents’ rifle at a playmate. These things that should shock me to my core - they should have left me a little desensitized – but they haven’t.

As I scrolled down my Twitter feed, I saw a lot of the same. “My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in Boston.” “Praying for Boston.” “Sending love and support to Boston.” A few had retweeted the Boston Globe’s updates on the situation. But then I saw one thing that stuck out:

“I hope we can be the generation that stops this hate.”

And I liked that. In fact, I liked it so much that I tweeted it myself. That was very beautiful to me. I know that tweeting “#prayforboston” and adorning ribbons and bracelets shows solidarity, which is beautiful too, but that won’t stop these kinds of things from happening. The only thing that will stop the hate is the determination of an entire generation to love, to coexist, to live respectfully and peacefully. We can be that generation. I believe we are that generation.

Wherever we are in the world, we share the value of a life. We teach our children and our neighbors to love peace more than power and, in return, they will teach others the same. Somewhere along the line, we will find ourselves in a world where we don’t hate or fear one another.

Maybe it’s more complicated than that. Maybe we can’t fix all the ills of the world so easily—maybe it’s all much heavier. But at its essence, the idea is simple and holds true in communities all around the world: love and teach others to love.

Alexandra Weiner, BBYO Miami Region

News about the two bombings during the Boston Marathon in which 3 people died and 264 were left injured swiftly moved to the UK and spread across the media like wildfire.

The reaction in the UK was overwhelming as we heard the news. There was an incredible number of shared pictures, statuses and threads across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites to raise awareness of the event. Additionally, there were fundraisers and events to raise money in order to help those who were injured, as well as their families, who may be in need of support and guidance. 

Alana Barnett, BBYO UK & Ireland

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