Letter to the Editor: Let’s care for others to see the real beauty in our community

A waxing gibbous over mountains in Cordova on Sunday, Jan. 16. Photo courtesy of Anna Hernandez

That sun today — and the moon — it was beautiful. It is truly a privilege to go outdoors and feel beauty soaking into oneself; that we can then carry it in our souls, when we face the ugliness of what the world can be. Can we talk a minute about what beauty in our lives could be?

First and foremost, caring about others enough, to see not only the conveniences of “what we want,” but to extend our thoughts and actions to those most vulnerable in our community.

Secondly, having consideration for those around us, by stopping for a minute and trying to look through “their eyes” about what “they” are most afraid of; and conclude that there are most likely serious issues, for them to choose to be as careful as they can be (health conditions, accessibility, economic inequities, etc.).

And lastly, caring enough about our neighbors, coworkers, and classmates enough to protect them; even when it may cause minor inconveniences on our part (because they are minor inconveniences, aren’t they?).

Wait, all these points are all of a piece. Yes, they are. I read somewhere recently that individualism is inadequate for forces like global pandemics. We need to think “outside of ourselves” to make beauty in our world a reality for all.

Anna Hernandez



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