It was perhaps 5:30AM when I was jolted out of bed by metal pounding, great booming concussions of the sanitation truck emptying a dumpster. It’s not Thursday afternoon, why is this horrible smashing happening now? How inconvenient.
It was 7:00AM when I heard the sound of thunder, but no, not thunder. A distant low boom that cuts off quickly. This is the sound of either a fighter or stealth jet. It growled and boomed several times, and I wondered if they would be practicing around here today, but it’s gone silent now. There’s no use trying to sleep anymore, thinking about the marvel of our machines, the wonder that we forced our way into the air, and then beyond air. Aren’t we so clever.
It was 7:30AM when I read the that civilians are being marched out of their homes and shot in Aleppo, Syria. Technology allows us to stay in touch with little Bana Alabed via Twitter or CNN, a human family stuck in war. The US has amazing flying machines that boom over the bay, but what have we done to help the people who asked for freedom from a tyrant? Silence. Our country is war fatigued and tired of being the world’s police. Our government condemns and sanctions Syria and sends help piecemeal because it’s not in the interest of our country to start a world war over ideals. It amounts to silence. The world watches as Russia sides with the tyrant and suppresses the rebels who only asked for more democracy five years ago. I watched the uprising and the refugee crisis in the news for years in silence, hoping the world would do something.
I’m hoping to redeem myself as a human being by writing letters, Tweeting, and donating to the White Helmets , and asking others to do the same. Revolution cannot be silent, humanity must make a joyful noise and do the right thing.