There has been so much negativity online this weekend in the wake of Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Several acquaintances have stated that need to take a break from social media because of the racism, the rhetoric and the hate that filling their news feeds. It’s not a bad idea. Do what you’ve got to do to preserve your mental health.
It’s easy to get sucked into the darkness. I’ll admit, it’s affecting me, especially since it appears that the hate is hitting close to home with a suspected arson at Peterborough’s only mosque.
It’s heartbreaking and embarrassing when Peterborough makes national headlines for something like this but, I’m going to try to follow Mr. Rogers’ mother’s advice and “Look for the helpers.”
There are helpers here in Peterborough too. More helpers than haters! Damage to the mosque is estimated at $80 thousand but in fewer than 48 hours the local community rallied to raise nearly $45 thousand and counting.
These are the helpers! You can be a helper too!