It has been three days now and yet hardly adequate to process what transpired at the Pulse night club in Orlando during the early morning hours of Sunday June 12th. Even as we seek to understand this tragedy we know that we can not make sense of senseless violence. For those directly engaged by this violent act the horror of it will never end. There is nothing to be said that will ever make it right.
Those of us who feel a direct responsibility for the violence in this culture search desperately for the right words to say; words that will comfort, allow for healing and offer hope. We know that those words do not exist. Comfort, healing and hope exist within the realm of conversation and personal connection.. They can not be wrought by simple words.
In our desire for unity we must realize that we are not one. We are many. We must continue to have those conversations so that we may understand those things that unit us and those things that make us vulnerable. In recognizing, sharing and appreciating our own diversity we present a unifying voice that will overcome the forces that divide this nation.
Paula M Overby, changing the dialogue of American politics