Title

Longing for Home

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-9-2014

Abstract

“I don’t want to die too soon.” These words spoken by a young woman, the same age and complexion as Michael Brown, were voiced from a deep and lonely place. As a teenager facing adulthood and entering college, she identified with Brown, who no longer had a future to contemplate. It was gone, taken in a second. Her tomorrow still beckoned, but she recognized, perhaps as never before, that time and choice matter. And so does finding commonality with the people on the planet at the same time as you, so that you do not immediately and irrevocably become a threat and target to hit and extinguish.

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Written for The Public Humanist, a blog by Mass Humanities.