Is This Really Who We Want to Be?

In light of the latest senseless shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA, and all the other terrible acts of violence we have seen lately, isn’t it time to reevaluate how we want to be as a nation? The horrific things that are happening now have become so common that we barely blink at the news.

Is this really who we want to be?

At this point in time in our country, we are witnessing a whole lot of people who are committing verbal violence against people in government offices, news media and so on. Never in my life have I seen such abuse and rancor from people who should know better. When did it become ok to harrass people who are out to dinner with their families or at the doors of their homes? This is NOT ok. Sadly, I predict that one of these days, someone’s going to get killed.

Is this really who we want to be?

Also, when did it become ok to mimic people in power on late night TV? Would those people enjoy having their families parodied like that? Our “comedy” has become cruel and hateful; the “funny” is gone.

Is this really who we want to be?

As for the acts of violence that sadly are escalating, it feels as though some people have decided that all of the rancor, hate and dissention we are experiencing somehow makes it ok to start bullying and hurting people.

Is this really who we want to be?

I wish I had an answer to stop all this. But there are people who are a lot more savvy than I am who are working on how to keep these things from happening. It is not as simple as restricting guns or holding hands and singing Kumbyah. It must come from a change of heart and mind, as well as “watchers” who might find the lost soul who hungers for attention before he or she commits an act of violence.

As a nation we have freedoms that no other countries have. We ought to be honoring these freedoms, not using them to smear people we don’t like or disagree with. Does anyone remember the Golden Rule: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The pulse of this country is getting frighteningly more erratic. Innocent people are dying every day. Everyone seems to have an axe to grind with polical parties, race, sex, and quite frankly anything that gets people angry. How did we get so far from the things we once held so dear?

Is this really who we want to be?

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