My heart is broken.
There are no other words I can use to describe the complete and utter anguish that crushed me when I read “Scores dead in gay nightclub shooting.” The hours since have been full of shock, full of anger, full of sadness. This is the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history, with the LGBTQA Orlando community as the target of such lethal hate.
I don’t know how to describe the fear that grips me when I think of this tragedy. I don’t know how to put into words the intense sorrow that fills me when I think of the human capacity for evil, for terror. I don’t know how to make sense of a world that is so rife with anger, hatred, and intolerance.
I cannot understand the darker aspects of humanity, but I can remind myself that the world is capable of so much better. We can do so much better.
We’ve all seen enough films to know that good triumphs over evil, and light defeats darkness. This is why the Collective team has decided to challenge ourselves, and you, to a week of kindness. The world is a darker place this week, but together we can bring back a little lightness to it.
So, for one week, we challenge you to do as much good as you can. There are no rules. There are no limitations. There are no acts too big or small to make a difference.
We only ask that you share your acts of kindness with us so that we too may share them. We will be sharing our own on our Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, as well as here, using #CollectiveKindness. Let’s remind the world that there is still so much goodness to be found in it.
Our first act of kindness is from the Collected Mutineer, who made the cards featured below to be printed and handed out around our hometowns. We mourn with our LGBT family in Orlando, and we stand with them.
Get kind this week, and remember that, no matter what, love always wins.