What should we do following the Uvalde massacre? What can we do? Perhaps a better question is: what should we not do? Here are three suggestions.
First, don’t start debating gun control… not yet. Second, don’t start pointing fingers. Third, listen to stories about the victims, but set limits. So what should we do? We should recognize — we must recognize — that an increasingly polarized, politicized, and partisan culture has turned us against one another, has made us forget our common core values, has destroyed our trust in each other and in our institutions, embittering our lives at a time when we have more than any generation before us, and poisoning the spirit of too many young people who have lost hope in a future that should fill them with joy and wonder. Between now and the End of Days, there will be evil in our world.
There will be injustice, racism, and violence. But the best way to repair the world is by focusing on repairing ourselves. We all have work to do there, and the place to start might be by seeking out unlikely allies in the only battle that really matters — the battle to save our own humanity.