In Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Harry comes face to face with Voldemort, who killed his parents and attempted to kill him as a baby. At the end of the film, Dumbledore warns Harry that, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” This is of course in reference to Voldemort coming back. Soon everyone will have to face the evilness and chaos that Voldemort and the Death Eaters will bring to the world.
Anytime we are faced with a challenge or something unpleasant, we have a choice. We can either do what is easy and skate by, or we can do what is right – even if it means it will be difficult.
For Harry, he will always choose what is right. It is in his nature, and really in human nature.
On 9/11, I remember walking down to the waterfront at Grundy Park in Jersey City at night. Many onlookers at gathered at the waterfront, looking over the Hudson River at the aftermath of the worst terror attack in history that had happened on American soil. I can still remember the smoke and the smell in the air. And how quiet the crowd was, just looking at something so horrific. Dark and difficult times had come to our doorstep, without much warning.
It didn’t matter where you fell on the political spectrum that day or immediate time after. People from all walks of life with radically different beliefs stood united together. When there is a real threat, most people will stand up and do what is right. It is in our nature to do so. That is why we hear so many stories of good Samaritans who will help people for no other reason, other than it is the right thing to do.
Anyone can do what is easy…the question is, when dark and difficult times come to your doorstep, what are you going to do?