The only light I see in the Travon Martin verdict is people’s reaction of shock and outrage. It means the human spirit is alive. And powerful. No matter how beaten down we get, we keep trying. The human spirit is what spurred Randy Pausch to encourage others to fulfill their dreams in spite of his own looming death (The Last Lecture), and Viktor Frankl to survive hell in a concentration camp and encourage others to persevere (Man’s Search for Meaning), and for us to march on, refusing to succumb, in the face of hundreds of years of blatant and latent injustice. But march on we will.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” —To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee