Every day the news seems to bring us sad story after sad story of things happening in this world. It is impossible to touch on all of them, but certain events such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night hit close to home.
This past September when I attended Bumbershoot, I noticed myself subconsciously looking for exits. I have never been one to scare easily, but after what happened in Paris earlier this year, it is just something that is now a part of many of our thought process. Most of the time everything is okay, I get that, but all too often we now hear stories where people enjoying life’s simple pleasures like a music festival, just as I did in Seattle, become targets for the sickest of individuals.
As I write this, the death toll in Las Vegas is at 50 while more than 400 victims remain in hospital, many in critical condition. None of these people did anything to deserve what happened to them Sunday evening. They were simply enjoying music and living life as they should. I want to send a positive message here. I want to say that everyone needs to love each other as if some day that will happen and everything will be okay, but sadly the few individuals in this world, who are so vile and so heinous, continue to make the concept of universal peace and love a pipe dream. All we can do is enjoy those two beautiful things when they do happen to show up in our lives. All we can do is share love when at all possible regardless of all the hatred that continually dims it.
I hope that there will be a break some day, I hope the tensions that plague this world due to megalomaniac leaders, theological arrogance, hatred and greed finally ease. I hope that the generations after ours will have it better. I hope that our hearts will not continue to break over and over again while we watch innocent people gunned down for no reason. I want to believe this is all possible one day, but with each and every devastating disaster that I see, it is harder to imagine it ever manifesting.
My heart is heavy for Las Vegas and everybody affected at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. On behalf of everyone here at Lemonade, our thoughts are with you all.
If you are in the Las Vegas area, consider donating blood. The hospitals are in desperate need, so please check out the local blood banks in nearby areas. Other means are to donate to the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross: HERE.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine