I want to ask you a question.
I want to know if you’re okay.
The past month has been so brutal to millions of people. People are continuously being displaced by civil wars, extreme racism is being suffered by millions, politicians and their verbal sparring sessions are becoming worrisome, and as I type this, climate change is wreaking havoc in the form of Hurricane Harvey across the United States.
So many people are experiencing pain, and our humanity wants to help with all of our might. We are dedicating ourselves to make the world a better place, dedicating ourselves to healing the wounds of others, dedicating ourselves to providing comfort in this world of chaos and horror.
And I have truly never been prouder of humanity. While there is so much pain being caused that dominates the media, there are people behind the scenes trying to fix it. The majority of the world are not bad people, people who are out to cause others grief. But this peacefulness isn’t appealing to the media. The idea that people are actually helping isn’t enough to gain massive audiences, so the broadcasters just don’t air it.
But I want you to know that there are so many more good people in this world than you might think. So many good people that are learning how to have a voice and how to take a stand against the horrors. There is more light in this world than there is darkness, and it is working to eliminate the evils of humanity.
I hope this issue has captured that spirit and makes you feel less alone in your attempts to help heal the bullet holes people such as Donald Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have shot into innocents. I hope you read this issue and feel less desolate.
You are not alone. The light isn’t diminishing, unlike the media is trying to tell you. It’s growing stronger. We are the light. We have overcome evils such as the slave trade and the apartheid. We will overcome this racism and this sexism and this hatred. Because we are better than this. We mustn’t let the evil minority dictate our world. We must shatter white supremacy and bury it. We must apologise for the wrongs we have committed. We must take a stand. And to do this, you need to know that you are not alone.
Grab a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and read on.
(Photography by Torsten Strokirch.)