Searching for humanity
Ok, if you're like me, the events of last week have taken a toll on you. I work so hard to stay positive, but sometimes it's just not enough. There have been plenty of blogs, vlogs and articles as of late that discuss what has been and still is, going on in our society. I suppose I am about to be yet another one of those voices. Initially I was just going to skip over it because my blog is not a political blog nor one that provides a critique of modern society. But this time is different. This time I can no longer be silent.
To say that I find the events of last week unfortunate, is a perverse understatement. There are so many problems in this world, why does the color of anyone's skin really matter? Something so innocuous like the amount of melanin in someone's skin can cause others to not see them as a good person, let alone a person at all. Something so uncontrollable as that can be judged and some people believe, can determine how someone will think, act or feel. Wow...I truly am at a loss for words. And if we really want to get deep, what about the event in Orlando? Did all of those people deserve to die? I would say no. The ironic thing is that those who lost their lives in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas were all seemingly murdered for being themselves or doing what they normally do.
We have a problem in this country and it needs to be addressed and fixed. The problem is that we have lost our humanity. Guns, racism and money seem to be what fuels this country and many people in it. Yes, I know that we need money to buy the necessities and to have services and amenities for our use, but it seems to have gotten to the point that they are more important than human lives. That's really the sad part.
You realize there's a problem when profit over people seems to be the motto. When the price of junk food and fast food is cheap, but healthy food is really expensive. When lifesaving medicine makes people choose between buying them or buying food. It shouldn't be like this. Education is not a privilege. Healthcare is not a privilege. Why do we treat them as such?
I apologize if I am rambling, but these past events have really disturbed me. I feel for all of the people who have been senselessly murdered, and yes that includes the policemen in Dallas. We all need to come together and realize that we are all human beings. We need to work to make this the country that was envisioned. Fight to make sure that everyone is treated justly and fairly. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We can't sit idly by while people are being mistreated. What happens when you are mistreated one day? How would you feel if no one came to your defense?
Hate is a cancer that continues to grow in this country. We can't let hate continue to grow. We must cut it out and destroy it before we destroy ourselves. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have. Through it all, they have been a support system and sounding board. They have also helped me hold on to the hope that we can turn this around. Our children are counting on this because they are the future.
One last thing, if someone says "Black Lives Matter", please don't respond with "All Lives Matter". If all lives really mattered, there would be no need to say black lives matter in the first place. Just so you know, there is an implicit "too" on the end.
"Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ The Lorax
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