So there I was sitting in my hotel room in Sarnia ON and I turn on the TV on got Anderson Cooper interviewing a couple of everyday hero’s who while the tendancy is to runaway from bombs and explosion both ran towards them. One a young female pediatrician who have to convince the police to let her by, but once she did, it sounds like she single handedly saved at least two if not three lives. The other an American of Iranian decent who was a volunteer for the Red Cross disaster relief. You’ll see him in the video, the guy with the hat helping the wheel chair.
I have to commend CNN for sometimes getting it right, and they are getting better at putting a positive spin on disasters and putting their emphasis on positive outcomes in a negative situation.
The next story left me crying. Bill Richard who lost his son Martin, his wife Denise with severe brain trauma and his small daughter who’s lost a leg and more. But the picture…there they were.. the five of them, looking as happy as if….only it got shattered in 5 seconds during the bomb at the Boston Marathon on April 15th. That picture was me 20 years ago, except the girl to boy ratio was opposite, and I just couldn’t imagine the pain he and they all were going through.
Then they showed the picture of Martin just 8 years old with a sign for Peace! The caption read “No more hurting people”. Well I pretty much lost it, in the most obvious of ironies, here was a small boy filled with joy and love and energy giving us a simple message IN FOUR WORDS, that other people take 300 pages to write a book about, but in that twist of fate, for Martin there was no peace and in fact both his mother and sister were horrifically hurt and I can only hope that he didn’t live to see that. But the irony was a bitter reminder that life is not fair and that senseless tragedies do happen.
I will not play the blame game, because it’s a lie and it’s wrong. Those of you who have read my post on Mass Shootings 3 ways to respond will know that I believe violence in the world is all of our responsibility to be on the side working to change it. The 3 questions of accountability. What did you know, When did you know, and What Did You Do About It? .
Well before I knew it I was writing lyrics that were just flowing…. by the end of the night I had contacted Rose Weissberg to write the music and a couple of days later I had a song and in another day the video was done. During that time an inspiration hit me which came to me out of the theme which was Peace of course, and if peace is the opposite of violence wouldn’t it be wonderful if a whole new group of people were won over to the idea, that there is no “magic wand solutions to senseless violence” and that the option to do noting and play like the three monkeys Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil was no longer an option.
Promoting peace however on both a daily basis by no longer hurting people by the acceptable practice of Ridicule (just watch an audition of American Idol), was no longer tolerable and that perhaps we need to make a bigger deal out of a Peace March when we have a country like North Korea threatening to start a Nuclear War, and that perhaps Martin got it right.
No More Hurting People, live in peace but first promote it by walking on World Peace day September 21st 2013, and if a whole bunch of people did that inspired by Martin, wouldn’t that be the best possible healing gift we could collectively give the Richard family. Out of this awful tragedy, one great thing did happen….. like a mother that knows the son or daughter that they lost to a drunk driver can donate an organ and live on and save somebody else s life….. and after all isn’t that what the word “Respond” really means.
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So you September 21st.
Victor Sinclair is the founder of the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and currently has his own sales & marketing company. Victor also served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada).
He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards, and his longest association has been with St. Leonard’s Society of Canada, London and Peel.