After the awful tragic events of this morning, America quickly spiraled into the inevitable Blame Game.
Who’s at fault according to Facebook?
- It’s gun control laws that made this happen.
- It’s America’s inattention to mental illness.
- It’s because God is angry at people for taking Bible Teachings out of schools.
- It’s the shooter’s fault, and nothing else.
- It’s Hollywood’s fault for inundating our children with violence.
I’m definitely onboard with the first half of #4 but I’m not sure that’s the only explanation for why America can’t seem to get mass shootings under control.
As for the rest of those accusations, I’m not going to entertain any of those today. Today I’m going to remember the little ones, teachers, and the surviving parents and family members that are grieving over the loss of their loved ones.
There are so many opinions on facebook laced with hatred and intolerance that it isn’t any wonder that bad things happen every day. I’m sad to say I fed into it, myself.
Then, I took a deep breath, made some adjustments, and realized that the best way for me to combat negative energy like that would be to put out positive energy.
I think I’m a Realist by nature, but today I am feeling incredibly pessimistic about us as a society, and the human race at large.
I’m not sure there’s an answer to these kinds of problems and I’m not sure that America can change it’s ways. Heck, I’m not even sure we’re all willing.
I am sure that I’m going to call my niece and nephew tonight and tell them how much I love them. I am sure that I’m going to think about all the little ones I’ve cared for over the last 10 years and be truly thankful that they’re safe and sound with their parents.
Ellen DeGeneres ends each one of her talk show episodes by charging her viewers to “be kind to one another”.
I am going to do just that.