What it will take
To the Journal editor:
To all victims, survivors and families affected by the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, you will be remembered. To all victims of mass-shootings in America, you will be remembered.
To all victims of violence in the world, how can we move forward? Our society is full of violent headlines, video games, extreme-opinioned Christians (and) Muslims, gun-clenching sportsmen, and many broken-hearted people.
Knee-jerk solutions have been suggested to reduce violent mass-killings: stricter gun laws, honest mental-health conversations, requiring school prayer, and arming teachers. All while our political environment shifts from election-race hate-mongering to juvenile stand-still between congress and white house compromising budget reform.
Our national conversation compounds tragedy while America funds an 11-year war; international pollution wreaks havoc on Mother Earth; class, gender, and racial inequality; people starving, everywhere; natural disaster survivors-Hurricane Sandy-in dire need of reconstruction.
News outlets report proposed “solutions” and “critiques of solutions” that de-credit authors and ideas, spinning a toxic web sticky with ambition, cash and personal opinion that eats away any underlying sincerity; add to that grief-stricken paradigm a technology-addicted population that regurgitates aggressive opinions over internet and social media to create an effective braking system for our freedom-obsessed nation but will it hold over the oil slick of collective sorrow?
In this grim climate of arguments, how is the average citizen to help? No solution put forth by the American government will ease our collective pain nor end this national travesty.
I suggest that we all-regardless of race, class, socio-economic status, creed, nationality, gender, sex, age, or defining-characteristic-that-someone-said-makes-you-different-rejoin humanity with simple kindness, understanding, and pro-active dismemberment of hate: for no reason.
Not for God, not out of shame, not for those lost in war, bombings, shootings, drugs, homelessness or hunger. Not for Muhammad, Jesus, nor Moses. Not for money, likes, attention, sex and definitely not for yourself.
We are human beings of the 21st century and shouldn’t need a reason to be kind to one another. And I’m not talking about the overly-cheery kindness; I’m talking about sincere, heartwarming, giving-up-your-food, comfort-the-bullied, simple act of kindness.
We should be proud we made it this far as humanity and we should provide generously for those forth-coming into humanity.
A forward thinking humanity movement is fueled by blind-active-kindness, open ears and eyes that sense others’ distresses and collective goodness that balloons over continents, into each other’s hearts, and seven generations ahead.