Latest Musings

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This is simply my thoughts on the latest happenings around the country.

Submitted: July 13, 2016

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I wanted to write something very inspiring after the events of the last week or two. Or is it three now? I have found myself unable to do so. Mostly, I felt quite numb when I reached for the words I wanted.

No, numb isn't the right word. Mournful probably works better. I quoted Jim Butcher after those events, because I had just read those words hours before and they haunted me as I watched the events unfold in Dallas.
And I didn't have any better words of my own.

No one should have to die. Not the people in Orlando a month ago, the young men earlier last week, nor the police in Dallas. This country has issues, one of which is racism. But it is not one-sided. There are people on all sides that seem to stroke the fires. There seems to be so much hate everywhere. Why?

Many blame guns. Extra gun control laws will not help. We need to figure out why the laws we already have failed. The Orlando shooter was employed as a security guard. He PASSED the background checks... He was investigated twice by the FBI, but apparently he was never flagged in a way that it could be caught by those checks.

Similarly, there needs to be a way for mental health issues to actually be reported for background checks, and a way for those people to stay in hospitals and treatment centers where they can get help. There's some legislation out there that requires some reporting, but it seems much of it is neglected somehow. Sadly, sometimes there had been warning signs. We need to figure out how to report such issues while preserving a sense of privacy for those people.

Finally, I return to to the crux of the issue. It is attitude. I don't know how or when it happened, but there seems to be a growing lack of empathy for other humans. There is a lack of respect and love for life. And until that changes, the hate and killing will continue.

We may not be able to stop all the monsters from escaping. But we owe it to our family and friends to try and stop someone from becoming one. Turn anger, pain, and mistrust into compassion, respect, and understanding. You may not understand how it is to be exactly in this person's shoes in a situation, but there must be common, similar ground somewhere to use for bonding.

Bonding and Connecting keeps us human. Hope lets us endure. Let's embrace that.


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