With a world so filled with hatred, many of us want to just stop looking and listening to the tragedies and the rhetoric that follows. Some might say, “What’s the use?! Nothing changes.” On July 4th it is easy to just have barbecue, go shopping, or go to the beach and never mention Independence Day.

If we stop looking and listening, the haters win. If we turn away and pretend this does not matter, the haters win. If we become too afraid to live fully, the haters win.

On this July 4th, remember it is Independence Day. Think about all the little children whose feet would fill the sneakers in this breathtaking work of art pictured above. Watch, listen and speak up for them.