What is wrong with us? Our children cannot go to school without threat of violence or to church without threat of sexual abuse. Elementary school teachers carry guns in their classrooms and pastors teach gun safety to parishioners. Our politicians make ridiculous remarks (I’m still appalled by Texas Representative Steve Stockman’s re-election bumper sticker: “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted”) and have forgotten – or have a complete lack of regard – for basic playground rules. World class and amateur athletes cannot come together to compete in a marathon without threat of losing life or limb.
It’s time to take a good, hard look in the mirror. It may be simplistic, but it’s also time to revisit the wisdom of the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. We can’t control other people or their actions, but we can make sure our words and actions are always life-affirming, thoughtful, and gracious. Oh, and God gave us two ears and one mouth … to be used accordingly.
In Japanese culture the crane is a mystical creature said to live 1,000 years. Traditionally 1,000 cranes are given by a father to his daughter at her marriage. School children make strings of 1,000 cranes for temples in Tokyo and Hiroshima as symbols of peace, popularized by the story of Sadako Sasaki who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.