On this day remember Bridget Bishop, the first woman executed for the crime of witchcraft in Salem, on 10 June 1692. The Salem witch panic began with fear and envy and ended with the torture and imprisonment of more than 150 women and men. Twenty were found guilty and executed. At least four more died in prison. This day is always a time for me to pause and reflect on how failures of empathy, compassion, and generosity lie at the root of so many evils in the world. We can make sure such a thing doesn’t happen again by speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, refusing to stand by while others are made into monsters simply because they are different, and not turning away when we see an injustice being committed, no matter how small.

Photo of Bridget Bishop’s memorial stone, with a bouquet of rosemary for remembrance, at Salem. Taken by Dex1138 on Flickr, and used under a Commercial Commons license. Originally posted on June 10, 2014. Reposted from¬†@allsoulsdg¬†repost.