I am a 50yo guy who tries his hardest to be good to his cohabitants to this third rock for the sun. I have seen some amazing things in my life from the MLK assassination, to men walking on the moon, to Sally Ride taking off and the Discovery disaster. I have seen wars, I have seen murders of people like John Lennon. I have seen protests from the late 60s to the LA riots to Occupy Wall Street.
Through all of this I have seen average people perform in amazing ways but I have rarely seen people we thought were “amazing” live up to the pedestal on which we placed them. Yet things are happening today that I just don’t understand.
Individual greed and motives have driven a gap between everyone that tries to force us apart. People become so set in their hatred of things they don’t know or understand that they take to the streets and violate all that we have fought for and all that we have dreamed of; People today are taking to violence as if it is the only path left.
I woke up this morning and the first thing I see is “6 slain in…” When are we all going to learn that violence does no good to anyone and that killing is not the answer. repressing my opinion is not going to change it. Forcing me to act like you is not going to get me to do it and it certainly isn’t going to give you freedom of anything.
Allow my voice to be heard, allow me my freedom and yours will come too. Try to stop my voice, try to take away my right to live as I choose and all that will happen is your rights will be taken too. Act violently against me and that violence will come back to you, three fold.
I believe that to end this ever growing wave of anger and hate we each need to go to a person that we fear and sit with them for a short time, just an hour or so and do nothing but listen to them with our eyes closed, and our ears and minds open. No matter what this person wants to say to us we should take the time to listen and to accept.
At first we will hear the anger in their voice and the pain in their hearts. We will hear what is different about them from us, but in time that will change. I feel that in time what we will hear is how much we have in common, how we want our children to grow and not be bound by the same restraints that we are bound by today. And if we truly listen with our hearts we will remove those bounds, for all of us.