Coming Together in Crisis

There are many kinds of crises that we all face in our lives. 

Crisis qualification varies person to person, depending on life experiences.  There are obvious kinds of crises, like tsunamis, wildfires, deaths of our loved ones, violent attacks, and terminal illness.  There are also the invisible kind of crisis, like the birth of a child. Despite the excitement, they can bring great stress by being such a life-changing event.

Many times, unexpressed emotions from a crisis may result in violence. 

Many crises in our culture are ignored, meant to be borne in private: the death or birth of a child, terrible illness, mental illness, homelessness.  Our culture pays attention to crises that wipe out entire cities, but we tend to ignore the more personal kind.  In our world communication that expresses vulnerable emotion is bad or inappropriate.  Yet, realistically, if we can express our vulnerable emotions freely, we need not express violence as a means of covering up those vulnerabilities. 

I envision a world where assistance to a neighbor is a common occurrence, not a side effect to a tragedy. In my world, we do not wait for opportunities to support our neighbors.  We do not consider ourselves virtuous when we help.  In my world, people safely express vulnerable emotions, are supported by their communities, and are never stigmatized for it.  In my world violence is no longer necessary, there are no killers, rapists, serial shootings.  In my world, we negate violence altogether.

I have written other blogs about human crisis stories and homelessness.  You can find my published essay at https://scars.tv/cgi-bin/framesmain.pl?writers Find my name: Erica L Hernandez. It’s on the left side of the page.  Clicking on it will bring up my essay. 

A well-written apocalypse book offers us examples of communities pulling together in a crisis.  Thus, the birth of my recently published book, Evasion. (Book 1 in The Considerable Destruction Series).  I tried to take this genre to a new level.  You’ll all have to let me know if I succeeded.  My goal as a writer is to help people, not just to entertain.  So, in this book, the heroine teaches her community how to cope effectively with grief and community building. 

Evasion is a fun read that offers you the opportunity to learn to cope with grief effectively, something we all have to do at some point in our lives.  The heroine is psychic, so the reader explores the ways spirits communicate.  You will enjoy this example of a community pulling together in a crisis, an ideal BFF gift.