It’s interesting how sometimes unrelated events can all tie together for one single thought. Take this weekend for example. I was reading my favorite free magazine, Natural Awakenings, when I came across a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” This made me think of what happened in Connecticut on Friday morning, which also made me think about the previous episode of Fringe.
Why do these seemingly unrelated events connect? On Friday morning I felt as if humanity had degraded to a level that can’t be described. Why does someone walk into a school and unleashes death and destruction on children and their guardians? Is that even human? Or is that a being that can no longer feel anything and for whom killing others means as much as you and I stepping over an ant?
That made me think of Fringe, which the previous week had a wonderful episode dealing with the main character, Peter, losing his “humanity” to become more like his enemies, the observers. See, the observers are invaders – humans themselves who came from the future after evolving into emotionless automatons. For the observers emotion is what makes us “weak”. Just when Peter was dangerously close to the point of no return in permanently becoming an observer himself, Olivia, his companion, pulled him back and made him see that emotion doesn’t make us weak, it makes us strong, and it is the one thing the observers don’t have.
So back to Gandhi’s quote: just because someone made that leap from human to human-less, just because that person is no longer a member of our “human kind” doesn’t mean the rest of humanity is “dirty”. Our ocean of human kind remains that, an ocean, capable of immense power and destruction but also of capable of life and beauty.