My heart hurts

My heart hurts. I look for the good in the world, but am having a hard time finding it. The bad things, as usual, are hard to miss. There are global tragedies, national tragedies, and personal tragedies happening almost continuously.  I have so many questions: How did we get to this point? How do we react to all this? Is there a way forward, and, if so, what is it?

I go over and over and over it all in my mind; is there a way out?

I wish I knew the answer; it is so complicated. There is so much uncertainty now. If everyone were logical, we could try to reason our way through this, but everyone is not logical, so reasoning will not work. The only thing I can come up with is this: we must talk TO (not at) each other. We must have real conversations and really listen to understand what is being said. It will not work to partially listen while thinking of your reply – waiting for a pause so that you can jump in with your own thoughts.

I am not saying that this will work, only that it is worth a try.

And while it may seem like a good thing to say that everything is negotiable, I actually can’t agree with this statement. I cannot and will not negotiate with white supremacists. The color of your skin does not make you better or worse than anyone else. We fought a world war about this, and, as far as I am concerned, the good people won that war. I do not think that we should give an inch to these people who want to pretend they are better than anyone else. It is 2017, and I thought we were beyond this. We cannot go backwards on this issue; we must all stand firm.

In the end, love will prevail; love MUST prevail. And I guess I just have to redouble my efforts to find the good. I know it is there; I will look harder.

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