Terrible, terrible, terrible… day after day, tragedy after tragedy, conversation after conversation, we search for answers. How do we stop this from happening? No one is willing to talk gun control, we are willing to talk immigration reform, control, and suspension. Our problems in this country have NOTHING to do with immigration, either legal or illegal. NOTHING. They really have nothing to do with terrorism. They have to do with people who are unhappy for whatever reason, feel powerless or fearful, feel like they want to make a difference, AND who are at the very edge of being tipped over the edge of valuing humanity… they are lost and looking for purpose, they are not operating under the norms of society AND they are being radicalized.
Being radicalized does not necessarily mean that a terrorist organization has converted them… it means that they are thinking violently and searching out violent answers. They are looking to end their pain and blame others for their suffering. They are not thinking rationally. They are lost.
Yes, we can say they are evil. They are probably also sociopaths. But once, they too were children. What were the lessons they learned as they grew up?
Building a wall won’t help… you would have to build a wall around every house, school, church, stadium, pedestrian path… the list goes on and on. Most tragedies are being committed by American citizens, born and raised by other Americans… those who are not citizens may have been fine for many years but were tipped over that edge of sanity long after being here.
What can we do? Teach and preach KINDNESS… stop arguing about whose ideology is correct and learn to be kind… stop posting horrid comments on-line that are filled with anger and hatred… go back to the idea that if you don’t have something nice to say then keep your mouth shut. We are living in a time when everyone feels that it is their right to say whatever hateful thing that pops into their head… just look at our president.
Time to dig deep… make it a part of your daily interactions… be kind, teach kindness, ask yourself if your comment is kind… to yourself, your children, your neighbors… When people’s lives are going well, when they are happy, when kindness touches them we will see fewer of these problems… oh, and let’s get rid of guns