So Senseless

Why does it keep happening? Why are there so many senseless acts of violence? This time it hit close to home. It happened in my community. It is with sadness that I write this post.

On April 27th, a lone gunman walked into a local synagogue and killed one person and injured several others. This is just one of many acts of violence that have happened and continue to happen in our country. Violent headlines fill the news on a daily basis. I really don’t want to live this way, but I find myself having to be very watchful of my surroundings, looking for the nearest exit. It can happen anytime and anywhere.

When it does happen, it affects so many lives. It’s not only the life of the victim, it’s also the lives of the victim’s family and friends, and even the lives of the perpetrator’s family. How do we stop this madness?! I don’t know, but we have to do something. We, as a nation, have to come together and find a way to end the madness.

There’s talk about changing the gun laws but that hasn’t happened. And, how many more lives will forever be changed before there is change. I read something the other day that made me think that there might be a different way. It was about conflict resolution and how we are not taught it in school, at home, in the media, or even on the streets. Most of us don’t learn it at all. Instead, we act on our impulses, which create misunderstandings and violent interactions. It seems to me to be one of the most needed skills in our world today. Maybe then we would move away from thinking that it’s only win or lose, right or wrong, all or nothing, and us or them. Also, I think we all have so much more in common than we think. Why not try to build from this commonality, then maybe we could start coming together as a whole and find peace.

I don’t know...is it just misguided hope on my part?

 

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