“Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of an assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our children and teachers are dying… This is not just schools, though. This is churches, nightclubs, concerts, movie theaters, airports, and more. A child should not fear a bullet on their walk home. We may be children, but we are not fighting for just children. All lives are precious, and our country must make the safety of its citizens a number one priority.” (From the mission statement of March For Our Lives)
“All lives are precious.” This is not just about us, say the teenagers. Seeing their friends die has cracked them wide open. Compassion pours in to their angry, broken hearts. Suddenly these kids know how vulnerable our human lives are—precious, fragile, and intertwined. Reaching out to include people of all ages, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, they are determined to do what the grown-ups have been unable to do: stop gun massacres. They understand our interdependence. As Jaclyn Corin, a seventeen-year-old Parkland survivor declared at the march in Washington, D.C., “We share the stage today and forever.”
All 7.6 billion of us human beings share the stage in our one world; we don’t have a choice. Inspired by the teenagers’ fierce resolve and wild courage, we each have to ask ourselves: how can I contribute to making this 21st century a century of dialogue? What words or actions can I take? For our long-term future, how can we find ways to live more lovingly attuned to our shared humanity? Together, you and I can make a difference.