“On Monday he was hit by a weight the likes of which he had never known. The tons of steel o f the Russian tanks were nothing compared with it. For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensifies by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.” Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Heavy or not, compassion alone is the way to reconcile. Without imagining the pain of the other they will never be human, and never be worth getting along with. Understanding requires the intertwining of personal stories and individual histories.
In June, AWFRI will host a “Week of Truth, Unity, and Reconciliation” with the aim of providing a forum for Rwandans from differing generations and of differing experiences to tell their stories.
By carrying the pain of another, feeling his pain as your own, he becomes someone worth caring for. And personally, there’s not a whole lot I wouldn’t do for those I care about.
“I want so much to open your eyes, cause I need you to look into mine.” Snow Patrol