Being a hero does not mean that we are fearless or even that we succeed in saving the day. It simply means that we mobilize our inner and outer resources, so as to live our lives with dignity, purpose, vision, and passion.
Too many seem to believe that anyone who is serious enough about suicide to use a gun would find an equally effective means if a gun were not available. When it comes to guns and suicide, especially in young people, there are things we can do.
What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.
If we want to look for inspiration on combating communal violence -- religious or ethnic -- we take examples from diverse cities that do it right. The answers to religious and communal violence is out there, we just need to look in the right places.
What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full?
We must not forget that a legal victory does not equal immediate justice. When defeated in the open, ignorance and bigotry and hate go underground. Those who hate will plan attacks designed to put entire groups of people on notice.
Several officials in the DRC told the Secretary-General and me the same line: "We are a rich country with the poorest people." What they didn't say was that the DRC is a rich country with people thirsty for peace.
To boil it down to its simplest form, think of this as Fern Gully meets Braveheart. MK, a human girl previously unconcerned with saving the earth, is shrunk down to fairy size to help fight the battle between "the forces of life and decay."
The deep secrets of boys and men, according to the research, is that they have the same desire for connection and close friendships as girls and women and that many of our cultural norms of masculinity are hurting rather than helping boys find what they need and want.