Today is Easter, celebrated by Christians and liked by those who look forward (as I do) to Easter candy sales the day after.
It is a day of renewed hope in the form of the idea of rebirth, a new beginning. One need not be a Christian to reverence and gather strength from this message.
There is always hope so long as one does not give up. So long as there is life, there is reason to not give up.
Things can change – and will – if one decides to change them.
This can sometimes appear hopeless, of course. Most oppressively when it seems as though no one else is interested in something better, it appearing that everyone else has submitted to something worse.
It can feel as though it does not matter.
What can one person do?
Actually, a lot.
The person Christians celebrate on this day changed the world, whether you believe he was divine or just a man. If the latter, his feat was truly stupendous and the example ought to give heart and courage to every man – and woman, too.
Evil, it is said, triumphs when good men do nothing. It is perhaps better put by saying that evil triumphs when good men defer to it. Jesus might have escaped the cross had he gone along with Pilate – who seemed reluctant to condemn him, if accounts are accurate. He apparently offered Jesus a way out. But that way would have been to defer to the evil of those who sought his blood and his death.
Rather than defer he was defiant. This of course cost him his life. But see what it bought!
Observe the lesson it taught.
We of course are just men – and women. But we each have it in our power to look evil in the eye and not blink – nor bow. It can be a fearful thing. But that is precisely what makes it a courageous thing. Evil depends above all on cowardice. On the fear of standing up to it and calling it by name.
And calling out its lies.
A man named Solzhenitsyn – who was a Christian – spoke of this elemental necessity, if there is to be any hope of renewal in the wake of a land made desert by lies. His dictum is the first step toward a rebirth and we each have the opportunity to take it, if only we can find the courage to do so.
My best wishes to all of you this Easter.