"When the city of light goes dark, The rest of the world lights up for them."
"When the city of light goes dark, The rest of the world lights up for them."
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Jason Hirschhorn, curator November 14, 2015
quote of the day
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
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rant n' rave

The events in PARIS are heartbreaking. Having lived through 9/11 in NYC it brings up endless feelings of grief and despair. Questioning everything including our fellow man. Condolences and prayers for FRANCE, its citizens, the victims and their families. France and the rest of the world will not rest until the killers and their accomplices are brought to justice. It's important in these times to understand that evil, often stunning and powerful, is in the minority. While ISIS claims responsibility for the horrific murder of innocents remember that a religion and its verse have been hijacked. Again, the evil are the minority. This is not ISLAM. As equally sad is the venom, bigotry, generalizations and downright racism I see in social media reflecting ignorant individuals and groups that are often nothing more than uninformed hate-mongers. They have numbers but again, they are the minority. They use words like "they", "them", "those people", "the Arabs", "Muslims" and so forth. Grouping an entire race or religion based on the comparatively few we likely all have in our own defined groupings. I mute those ideas with these. The harsh tongues we heard from Presidential candidates this week will continue and they will harp on this and milk it for every scared vote they can muster. Don't play into it. Yes, these are changing and scary times but as I've travelled the world, much in the MIDDLE EAST, I noticed one common thing: Most of humanity wants a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, a future for their children and peace. So rather than hate, please mourn and think like this wonderful clip from CHARLIE CHAPLIN I often reference in times like these. And as the French people similarly said for us during 9/11, today WE ARE ALL FRENCH.

Jason Hirschhorn, curator

November 14, 2015