It’s difficult if one is a sane and compassionate human being to understand the actions of those who are NOT sane or compassionate. Sometimes, especially these days, it’s difficult not to lose faith in humanity. When one hears and sees the overt cruelty done and said by so many, it can make one despair and say: what have we become?
So it is vitally important to call attention to the people who rise up against such cruelty — the people who RESTORE one’s hope in humanity — who make the sun glow just a little bit brighter with their courage and kindness. Beto O’Rourke is one of those people.
On Wednesday evening, Beto was speaking to a packed town hall in Mineral Wells, Texas. He spoke about many things, and Uvalde, Texas, was one of them. Since the tragic events in Uvalde, Beto has become a champion for the families and friends who lost loved ones in the mass shooting. And it is good that he has because Governor Greg Abbott has not done or said much.
So as this Town Hall on Wednesday went on, Beto was confronted by a heckler. This “person” laughed. This miserable excuse for a human laughed as Beto was talking about the Uvalde mass shooting. Beto did not take that.
“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” he shouted. “But it’s not funny to me.” The whole place broke into spontaneous applause for Beto, complete with standing ovations, cheers, and shouts.
This moment that started so cruelly turned into something beautiful as cheers for Beto filled the air. And it’s a reminder. It’s a reminder NEVER to lose hope in humanity. Because for every heckler, there are a dozen more like Beto and the people at that town hall — good people who, like you and I, want to spread sunlight across America — not hate.