Today, I wanted to share something that I wrote in my digital notebook, probably a few weeks ago; surprisingly yet not, this was not written in response to the horrific event that happened in Las Vegas but something else. What it was, I am not quite sure but the fact that this brief sentiment still applies just shows where we are as a nation today:
October 9th, 2017
To whom it may concern:
Today, I am writing this brief letter to those who not only who identify with the nationality that is “American” but any of those who identify with the identity that makes us all the same: human.
Today, as yesterday, as years ago, as decades ago, we have faced the redundant cycle of destructive human behavior driven by hatred, bitterness, spite, vengenfulness and what not. It is my opinion, that these intense emotions represent imminent threats, even more so than the actual acts of harm that we choose to carry out with weapons, nuclear detonation; etc. Why ? Because before we DO anything, the predecessor to doing is found in what we choose to think, how we choose to think and what we choose to do with what we think.
Many of us are afraid of what one nation can do to another but what I am afraid of is how we choose to think about one another; when in reality we were all created the same and internally, we are all the same. We are threatened by those whose skin is different than ours. We are threatened by those who cultures & beliefs are different than our own. In actuality, the biggest threat to us is not the differences that our fellow neighbor has but the lie that says we can not get along because of these differences. Yes, we are threatened by our own flawed, egostitic and contrieved perceptions.
We have many freedoms but we also have many bondages ( restrictions) because of what we have decided to carry with us, time after time after time again. Even though we choose to carry our hostility, our lack of compassion, our carelessness, our unforgiveness, our ignorance, and our divivdness, by doing so we have only carried ourselves towards the oppression of freedom and eventually ruination. So much for being free…
It is no surprise that we, Americans, have many enemies but as an American myself, I can not speak for the actions of others now or those back when but only how I have chosen to think today and what I have chosen to do today with what I think that will subsequently shape where we will go.
While the initial’s U.S stand for United States, it also can represents US. US as people, as individuals from the farthest part of the world to the nearest, united, under God. Let us not be driven by flawed and repetitive emotions but driven by a value for the truth, an understanding of unconditional love and the greater change that can come for all of us when we choose to stand together.