Salt Lake City, UT – Everyday on RadioWest we try to find some concrete way of talking about an issue or an event that seems to mean something. But sometimes, you just can't get past the gut reaction part. Take Monday's tragic shooting at Trolley Square. What was the meaning in that? What was the issue you would work into questions or answers? Today we're putting the story into perspective: how are people reacting now that they have had time to think?
The University of Utah's Melanie Thon shared this quote from Johann Wolfgang Goethe:
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.