When will people understand that Hate only creates more Hate?
Yes, there are injustices in the world and we must do everything we can to stop criminals before they act. But, sadly its a fact that people do Bad things no matter what the law says. As a country it is now time that we stand together and stop the politicalization and instigation of the division that our Political and Social leaders have created.
Today, I have logged on social media and much to my dismay I have seen post after post, tweet after tweet, that seek nothing more to point a finger and bring the spot light away from the lives lost and on to political and social agenda of certian groups and political parties. Lets face it if your heart isn’t broken over the senseless violence and lives lost in Dallas today. If your hated has blinded you so that today, of all days, you would still rather scream “F*** Police” or Pull a Kanye over Taylor on how your situation is more important then 5 lives lost and 6 injured. If you don’t deeply regret that a Man used your protest to justify his racist bigotry and proceeded to act upon a festering hate that had nothing to do with the Officers whose lives he took. Then all I can say is that I will be praying for you, as I pray for those in Dallas, because it is obvious that you are a lost and hurting soul that has forgotten just how truly life is precious and fleeting.
Hate is not stopped by the mass production of itself.
Love, as cliche as it sounds, is the only answer. This shooting, this divisive hatred between races, and political parties, which has caused the death and destruction of so many lives is the fruit of the labor of the politicalization and instigation of division and identity politics that our media, political, and social leaders push. The american people and the causes closest to their hearts have only become pawns in a game they have no awareness of. To stop this game of hatred, this iron throne of identity politics, we must not play into their rhetoric. Instead we must look upon ourselves. You must look at the reflection in the mirror and speak words of truth, encouragement, and love. You must soften your heart to the plight of your community. No longer can we bury our heads within the sand and hope that this to shall pass.
You can change this. You have the power to act in such away that these shootings, protests, and vile actions will disappear, or be greatly and drastically lessoned. You can wake with a mantra, a goal, that beats within your brain with every pumping of your heart: WHO CAN I HELP TODAY? It is scientifically proven that when you ask yourself a question your brain, working with the amazing power it has, will come up with an answer. Who can I help today? Ask yourself this daily, hourly, every minute you can. Helping is not some grandiose gesture. It can be as simple as sharing a smile, opening a door, or helping the neighbor unload their groceries. Open your eyes to your community and see what good can be done, not politically, not with media attention, or letters to your congressman but from one human-being to another.
But what difference will I make, you ask? Well, if you are the only one purposefully seeking to lend a helping hand; not much. But you see, just like hate creating more hate, love does the same only it reproduces faster. Your simple act of kindness can change the life, day, future, or feelings of the recipient of your love. In return that person will feel so good they will pay it forward, and in return you will feel so empowered that you will take action again and again. Like a snowball rolling down hill the momentum will grow until that tiny ball is now a gigantic sphere of love and kindness obliterating any hate that comes in its path.
Yes, If only done by one person in a sea of billions that occupy this planet… then the outcome would be less than heartening. But if each of those Billions took to that mantra, picked up that goal, and started their snowball rolling than the difference would be staggering.
Please, today of all days, search your heart and seek not to act or rage in anger, but in love. If you have protested Police Brutalization than I ask, no demand, that you seek out a Police officer today. Shake his or her hand and have a conversation. Ask what their fears, hopes, and heart felt wishes are. Understand their fustrations and worries. Comprehend the type of training they go through just to walk out onto a street that seems like everyone has a target pointed at that police officers back. In essence walk a mile in their shoes. Maybe it will change your mind on things, maybe it won’t, either way the process of trying to understand, trying to reconcile and seek justice in a rational and heartfelt way will speak volumes on who you are and who you want to be; Seek not hatred and division, but act in loving kindness to your fellow man.
Today at noon the City of Dallas Public Officials and Police Chief has called us to pray. Pray for those who are lost and their families, pray for those injured, pray for our country and most importantly pray for healing in our own hearts and communities. I know I will be and I beg you (PLEASE!!!) join in that prayer.
God Bless all who wear a uniform and serve and protect this country, their communities, and the rights, which we sorely take for granted, that 5 brave officers died to protect.
God Bless you for reading this and I pray that God softens your heart so that you to will act in kindness and not harbor hate.