As anyone who’s read my blog lately knows, I’ve been thinking way too much about death lately. Then Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon happened and rocked the whole world again but especially social media. 3 dead and 183 injured. This is the world we live in now. Collectively, as a country, we get attacked from the outside by foreign terrorists and from the inside by domestic terrorists (aka mentally ill anarchists). People laughed years ago when George W. Bush labeled them “evil-doers” but it’s not funny now. What better way to describe someone that’s sole goal in life is to do evil to their fellow man. As a peaceful person, I can’t wrap my head around that way of thinking. I believe in “live and let live.” I keep an open mind but don’t want to be converted to an organization or God not of my choosing. Likewise, I don’t force my beliefs on others. To put it simply, it’s about respect for your fellow man. A lot of people have told me they don’t give respect to anyone until it’s earned. I’m quite the opposite. I respect every single person on this earth, until they give me a reason not to. I respect their personal property enough to treat it as if it were my own and not steal or destroy it. I respect that they like different things than I do. We don’t all have to like the same tv show, type of jewelry, hair color, style of dress, food, etc. I respect human beings enough to treat them as living, breathing souls capable of being hurt emotionally and physically. I go out of my way NOT to hurt anyone. I don’t wish anyone pain. I hold the door for someone instead of letting it drop on them. If they drop something, I pick it up and hand it to them. If I bump them, I say “excuse me.” There are a million examples I could give but I just let people “be.” I appreciate it when they do the same. It comes down to the fact that we all judge each other. We may try not to but we still do. That’s ok. We can watch the people of Wal-Mart videos and comment that we’d never go out of the house looking like that. We can pass judgement but we can’t show our displeasure by blowing people up. It’s barbaric. It’s like something out of the dark ages when people didn’t know better. I thought we knew better now.
Evil Walks Among Us
April 17, 2013 by almostakiss
I can understand not agreeing with a political party or a religion. I can’t understand the need to prove your opinion is the only one that counts by killing and maiming others. There are so many other options. People can argue and protest which isn’t my choice. Someone can start a blog touting their unpopular views. They can move to another country. My personal favorite is to believe whatever you want to believe and shut the hell up. Freedom of speech is all well and good but sometimes it is destructive and inflammatory. Going on a tirade against a particular race, ethnicity or sexual orientation only convinces people that you’re an unhinged fanatic.
As hard as we’ve tried, we can’t change the world. We gave our all to Iraq and Afghanistan only to realize that certain parts of the world don’t want to change. They like their extremist views and enjoy hating us. They can hate us as long as they leave us alone. We didn’t leave them alone but we meant well. That should count for something. We’ve gotten used to the climate change in America where we need to be constantly on guard and vigilant where our country’s safety is concerned. Yet we can’t read minds and predict when and if there is someone out there wishing to do us harm. We don’t even know who was responsible for this latest attack.
America always does a great job banding together after a tragedy. We saw the resolve and spirit of the American people after 9/11. It gave us hope for all of mankind that people were so willing to help others and grieve as a nation. I’d wish we never had another incident of terrorism anywhere in the USA or the world. But that would be as foolish as wishing it never rained hard enough to flood my basement again. I know that will happen since it’s happened at all times of the year, during predicted and unexpected storms. I just can’t ever know when. All we can do is be ready. The same goes for the security of our country.
Not to downplay foreign terrorists, who in their own right are scary as hell, but the homegrown terrorists scare me even more. They grew up right in our midst. They are like us yet obviously something went haywire. The fact that someone could be raised with all the advantages of growing up in America and end up causing the type of death and destruction we’ve seen at grade schools and movie theaters is mind boggling. I honestly don’t think guns are THE problem. Guns are A problem but not responsible for the actions of deranged psychopaths. There are violent video games and violent tv shows but I don’t know if that’s the problem either. Somewhere as a country we’ve gone wrong. Anyone who wants to do harm to their fellow man will find a way. We need to find a way to keep people from wanting to harm each other in the first place. I believe it starts by teaching everyone respect for their fellow human beings from the earliest age. That one person is not better than another. That we all deserve to be able to go about our business, live our lives, without the risk of being blown up.