80 dead in France. Another, I was going to say senseless tragedy, but the fact is this action made sense to someone. Not to me, not to you, but SOME ONE thought it made sense to kill those they hated.
Killing families, children? And likely someone helped him find the sense in it. What was it? Religious zealotry? Misplaced nationalism?
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about it over the coming days, the killer’s excuse, his mission. Was he mentally ill? A sociopath? Was he acting alone?
Do any of these killers act alone? There’s a lot of anger in our world. Anger that is fanned until it is a burning hate.
How Hate Thrives
Appallingly, here in the USA, we have politicians and a political party that inflames crowds into supporting this kind of vileness as a strategy. We have media outlets perpetuating it, and encouraging members of our society to despise one another for our differences. They make hate a headline, poking at embers till they roar again and throw another log/lie on to keep it going.
Hate is running rampant through our populace weakened by poverty, and isolationism created by corporate greed and political complicity. Business and government, rather than value its workers or citizens, used them for their own gain and discarded them. They stole the middle class, and drove more, and more families into poverty. That leaves a lot of people with nothing else to do but channel their anger. And where is it channeled and by who? Right where the wealthy and powerful have laid their kindling. Who is behind the propaganda of issues such as anti-abortion, religion, and race? Take your pick of volatile issues and the 1% paid for it. They are no different from any other entity in the world that uses the disenfranchised to do their dirty work.
They’ve fostered a vast wasteland of ignorance across our country. Those who want nothing but control and authority without any duty and allegiance to those they repress. Keep em stupid. These agents of financial totalitarianism bankrupted our goodwill toward all, and have left The United States of America divided, racially, financially, and morally for the convenience of deflecting the hate that should rightfully be aimed at them.
We Can Be Angry Without Hate
How do we fight that? Casting your vote is essential. Using your words to spread peace, and understanding. Be seen–your presence is a powerful indication of an issues importance. Practice mindfulness. Notice those suffering, as well as those acting with disregard for our nation’s best interest. Seek justice for all.
Value reason, kindness, inclusion, respect, empathy, and education
We cure the hate, the divisiveness, and the regime of oppression, by acting together. The police are not the only ones able to protect and serve our fellow citizens. As they work to improve relations between themselves and the communities they serve, so should we.
We are not a more racist country now, than we were before the recent events. It is the voices of division that have been amplified not multiplied. Do not lose faith in our country. There is so much to do and it isn’t happening fast enough. #BlackLivesMatter is a convocation. A call for all to see and notice an injustice. It is not a restriction of concern for others.
Reject the tolerance of hate speech. And when those speakers inevitably decry their right to say what they want–agree. Yes, free speech, your speech, is a protected right. You, however, are not protected from the repercussions of that speech. Suffering the consequences of your words and actions is what we teach toddlers, isn’t it about time you learned that lesson?
These killers of our loved ones, our families, our neighbors, for whatever reason, thought their actions made sense. We have to stop letting killing one another make sense to anyone.