This World, Cruelty

My eyes welled with tears through every inch of these scenes.
The decision by the United States to use the atomic bomb against Japan in August 1945 was credited with ending World War II. Hundreds of thousands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were killed instantly or died from radiation in the aftermath of the bombings. Roger Viollet/Getty Images
Protesters standing up to fire hoses aimed at them by the Birmingham, Ala., authorities in 1963. Bob Adelman
A group of emaciated children was photographed in 1970. During the war, the Biafran government reported that Nigeria was using hunger as a weapon to win, and sought aid from the outside world. Nigeria led multiple blockades preventing relief materials from getting into Biafra. As a result, thousands of people starved. Romano Cagnoni/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mohboba, 7, stands near a bullet-ridden wall in Kabul as she waits to be seen at a health clinic in March 2002. She had a skin ailment that plagued many poverty-stricken children in Afghanistan. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Two victims are seen in the rubble after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh, in April 2013. More than 1,000 people were killed. Taslima Akhter
A man holds a baby who was rescued from rubble after an airstrike in Aleppo on February 14, 2014. Hosam Katan/Reuters/Landov
Rohingya migrants jump off a boat to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter in May 2015. The boat, drifting in Thai waters, was crammed with scores of migrants. More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh after Myanmar’s military launched a campaign of violence against the ethnic Muslim minority. Myanmar has defended its actions, saying it was targeting terrorists. Christopfe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
Baynazar Mohammad Nazar lies dead on an operating table inside a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The hospital was “accidentally struck” by US bombs after Afghan forces called for air support in October 2015, said Gen. John Campbell, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty
Explosions are seen over buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces strike targets early on May 18. Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
This photo shows the aftermath of an American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015. The hospital was “accidentally struck” by US bombs after Afghan forces called for air support, said Gen. John Campbell, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. Victor J. Blue/The New York Times/Redux
Smoke rises after an airstrike in Aleppo on October 4, 2016. Mahmud Faysal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Ilona Koval, a woman from Odessa, Ukraine, weeps Tuesday, March 1, as she travels in Palanca, Moldova, with some of the girls she trained as figure skaters. They were at a temporary refugee camp on the Ukrainian border. More than a million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to the United Nations. Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times/Redux
A protester holds a sign that says “help before it’s too late” during a rally in Brussels, Belgium, on February 26, 2022. Valeria Mongelli/AP

Like it or not, this is our world. It is full of hate, violence and destruction.

Yet, at the same time, it is also a place that we called Beloved Home. Full of love, beauty, and an insatiable desire to help each other.