My heart is heavy seeing the news. In less than a month, we've seen Christine Grimmie shot, the Orlando Shooting took place which killed 49 innocent people and now we've seen someone shot in Louisiana with so many unanswered questions. We've seen someone be pulled over for a traffic issue only to end up dead. We've witnessed the horrible unfolding events of Dallas, Texas. There was an Arab in Ohio that was targeted because of what seems to be someone's fear of a person dressed differently.
(EDITING NOTE: by the time this publishes, there have been many more instances of violence that had not happened at the time this was written).
How will we rise above where we are? How will we come together as a nation and civilization? Or are we doomed to destroy one another out of our fear, beliefs, and ego-based thoughts?
I read social media, and the hatred that is alive and well on these mediums is mind boggling. There is absolutely no love by those that say they love in God's name. Okay, I know that's painting a wide brush stroke. I have friends who love God that don't say these things. They truly love others.
I see the extremely insensitive social media postings that prove anything but respect for one another. It is almost as if their beliefs are more important than humanity itself. It is sad to read and my heart is heavy anytime I see it.
The politicians and church leaders get out there and spread the propaganda of hatred to the world. The comments I have seen about these shootings or even LGBTq people is mind blowing. How can we think we have the answers if we spew this horrible rhetoric?
You don't have to believe the same way everyone does, but if you fail to recognize how human an individual is, then you have degraded your own existence and that of the world. It is not up to others to judge what we do, how we live, or who we are. It is not up to the few in this country and world to destroy our peace and human nature.
Our journey through life is not easy and if we stand opposed to one another, it will make it that much more difficult. If we work together, we have a chance of making it and becoming more than we are. United we stand and divided we fall means so much these days.
My heart is heavy as I see the hatred and fear being spewed as fact and truth. My heart is heavy as I see humans disrespecting one another and treated each other as less than.
Let's rise above all of this and become more than we are today. When we are strengthened individually, we give strength to the entire world. When we tear each other down and harm individuals, we doom the world.
I try hard to not to further the hatred and fear on social media. There are far too many things said and posted that are not helpful. They only make the situation much worse. They only make us less than human. Be mindful of what you tweet or like or share. Is it for the highest good of all mankind or is it your own fear that is speaking?
My heart is heavy. I feel like I have no words to express what will make a difference. I feel inadequate, but my heart weeps with sadness at the events I see unfold. My heart is heavy. My hope still exists that we will rise above this before we've traveled down that dead end road past the point of no return.
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