Human beings are so incredibly resilient.
To end this week on a lazy Saturday night, I began to channel surf between the three hundred or so channels in our cable package before the new episode of Saturday Night Life airs at 11:30. The pickings are quite slim with nothing to watch but old Hallmark movies and reruns as most networks assume people actually go out and do things on the weekend. As I don’t have a life, I scanned through the various channels in vain before giving up. I put on NBC, assuming I would end up sitting through an SNL re-run and the local news before the new episode would air. Instead of a cut version of the sketch comedy show, the screen displayed a concert with musical artist Jennifer Lopez signing and dancing with a phone number displayed underneath the screen.
It was a benefit for the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico.
First of all, before I get into a more deep discussion, let me just say one thing. All the praise in all the world needs to go to whoever is able to arrange and set up all of these benefit concerts so quickly. A tragedy happens, and it seems like a benefit concert and event is set up in a matter of a day or two. Seriously, concert organizers, you all deserve an award for your efficiency.
Now, back to the real discussion.
It is an incredibly dark time in the world right now. It seems like each and every day brings with it a new tragic event that devastates a particular place or group of people beyond belief. Violent acts and acts of nature continuously attack the peace we all, hopefully, desperately want, and we are constantly in need of funds to rebuild our shattered reality. Pictures and news stories of the victims of these tragedies flood our newsfeed as we scroll social media, and we begin to wonder how we are going to rebuild after so much destruction and devastation. The funny thing is, there is one thing we never seem to be willing to day in the midst of tragedy no matter how bad the world may seem to us.
We are done.
Like I said, human beings are incredibly resilient. While we may question how we can recover from events that seem to destroy it, we never seem be willing to throw in the towel and give up on the world. We keep trying to move forward no matter what happens. Though it may seem like all is lost, we keep trying to make the world a better place because somehow we know it can be if we just keep fighting for it.
That is why these benefits concerts and events are so important.
We need to help people believe that hope is always alive somehow.