A gunman enters a synagogue with one intent: to satisfy his hatred by killing as many Jews as possible, their guilt firmly set in his mind. I recognize this as a symbol of a national climate of increasing rancor and hate, fueled by xenophobic rhetoric spewed online, in print, over the airwaves, and, yes, within the tweets of The President of the United States. A story that consumes the news can dull the senses. Seeing Kerfe’s art (found here) which seems to emanate both light and tears, accompanied by the names of the lives taken that day, brings all of this into sharp focus.
This tragedy is not the first of its kind. It will not be the last, and this saddens me. I listen to Yo-Yo Ma / The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites.
solace woven through music
Image source: pixabay.com / by PIRO4D (edited here)