Days of Infamy ~ Anna Zabo: Outside the Margins

Join us as Anna Zabo goes Outside the Margins.

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I’m usually a fairly upbeat person, but this one’s a bit raw.

When I realized I would be posting on Pearl Harbor Day, I got to thinking about infamous days. There are those we have collectively as nations and communities and there are those we have personally, as individuals.

They stop us, make as draw in a breath as we remember how our world changed on that day. We can divide bits of our lives by the innocence lost to the infamy of that moment.

Sometimes, I think we’re living in days of infamy at the moment. I can’t open my eyes on the world without having my heart crushed and what’s left of my innocence stripped away. Certainly, we live in days of rage. But without rage, without voices raised in anger, nothing changes.

Change can bring hope and change can bring fear. So can rage. The bombing of Pearl Harbor propelled the US into World War II. It also set the stage for the Japanese internment camps, something they never taught me about in history class.

Hope and fear. Marriage equity has come to so many states. And yet, children are still bullied for being gay (or being perceived as gay because of their activities). And children are still killing themselves because they’ve been bullied for being gay. We still hear “agenda” and “lifestyle” bantered about (as if a child old can have an agenda or a lifestyle).

Race is still an issue. Yes, really, it is. Read the news. Look at the statistics. Listen to those affected—just listen. Hear what they’re saying.

The rage is there for a reason.

And yet…there is hope. I think we need to cling to that, too. Because when the rage and infamy wane, when what remains is the shreds of innocence and the shattering of lives, we need hope.

I want to find a bit of hope right now, because I’m fresh out. Could be the weather. Could be the season. Help me out:

What makes you hope? What gives you some faith that things will get better? That we can learn and grow and become something more than we are now?

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~ Anna Zabo

About Anna Zabo

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think. You can find her online at http://www.annazabo.com/ or more often on Twitter as @amergina.

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2 thoughts on “Days of Infamy ~ Anna Zabo: Outside the Margins

  1. Anna, I know what you mean. It’s been difficult, even for an optimistic, everything-happens-for-a-reason, here’s-the-bright-side person like myself. Every time I think, oh, there’s something good, another terrible thing happens, and then people are terrible about it. The thing is, it’s always been this way. I don’t know if that’s a comfort, but I think there’s just a lot that we’ve had blinders on about, and it hurts to have that, not innocence really, but that naivete about things taken away.

    I wouldn’t want to go back to blissful ignorance, but we need to have ways to combat the bad. First of all, no matter how much bad is in the world and how much progress we still need to make as humans, there is so much good going on the world. People who keep working towards good and just people going about their lives being good people. Those stories are out there, maybe not always as loudly as the bad ones, but they are there because a lot of awesome people are in the world. Second, be one of those awesome people. When we’re actively working to make life better, even if it’s just one person’s life, that’s important. We can never change the whole world, but we can make the world around us better. Even simple, small things that don’t cost a thing, like smiles and a kind word really do make a difference. That’s not just my pollyanna attitude talking there either. We all just need to find one thing to support and work on, and this world will be a whole lot better, even with the bad things still existing. When you see how it makes a difference, you have hope. Lastly, I think it’s about recharging our batteries so we don’t get weary. We should do all the fun or silly things that make us smile. Even in the darkest times, people have always found ways to hope and be strong and keep going, so I figure I, in my very privileged life who’s just mostly witnessing the bad stuff, can do the same.

    Thanks for sharing with us. I am a firm believer in talking about the bad stuff swirling around in our brains. It gets trapped in there and bounces around wrecking things. *hugs*

    • Thanks, Carolyn. 🙂

      I think spreading the good, as much as we can, is the way to go. I’ve been trying to put that into practice this week– and it’s helping.

      And yeah, getting all that out helped too. Thanks for reading and for commenting, because it meant a lot to me.

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