What happened? How did we get here, to the place where it seems as if we just don’t care how we speak to each other or what we do to each other? Granted, there is some part of this incredibly infantile culture that has always been there, otherwise we could never have evolved to this point. But seriously friends, we are only hurting ourselves.
I simply could not sit by any longer and do nothing. Change is necessary! In my judgment there is a shift which can precipitate a tsunami of change. The origin of this alternative lifestyle is and always has been with us, just as much as the ability to hurt each other physically, emotionally or psychologically. The choice to use this alternative lifestyle is ours. The question is…will we? What is the origin of this shift? Kindness! Loving Kindness!
Profits, business, government and power seem to dominate the headlines today, as they probably have for eons. Along with these topics comes the divisiveness and destruction that feeds on itself and in my judgment has more than overshadowed what we have in common. WE ARE HUMAN! We are of the same race! Why is it so hard to see that assassinating each other physically or verbally is calamitous.
“Here’s an interesting form of murder we came up with: assassination. You know what’s interesting about assassination? Well, not only does it change those popularity polls in a big fucking hurry, but it’s also interesting to notice who it is we assassinate. Did you ever notice who it is? Stop to think who it is we kill? It’s always people who’ve told us to live together in harmony and try to love one another. Jesus, Gandhi, Lincoln, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, John Lennon, they all said, “Try to live together peacefully.” BAM! Right in the fucking head. Apparently we’re not ready for that.” ― George Carlin
or how about this form?
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims. — Alan Barth
I ask myself this question: Am I really so connected to hatred that I feel I have to destroy another human being? What is the value in it? What is the value in it? (repetition intended)
I have had enough! I am not going to be apathetic about it this time though. I am simply going to join the man in the photo above. It is my intention to seek kindness from here on out! Will you join me?
Another question comes to me. Can I change anyone else? No, but what I can do is refuse to act indifferently and I can change what I know to be true for myself and that is…I want joy and kindness in my life a whole lot more than I want to see what is playing out in the media today.
When will we collectively come to the conclusion that hurting each other is a failed practice. I know, I know, I admit my naivete. My heart is bleeding though for my own involvement in the evolution of the sinister custom of punishing ourselves and each other when we disagree. What happened to honorable debate and or dialogue? Have we become so cold, so accustomed and dare I say, addicted, to defaming our own reflections that we continue without even taking a well needed breath?
When will we understand that every time we malign or denigrate another human being we are vilifying ourselves? What is so important that I am willing to take the life of another either by injuring his/her body or his/her character? Really, what is so important? Is living this life in this manner so much fun that we just can’t stop ourselves? Well, I know it wouldn’t do any good to try to change another person so I’m deciding to change what I can change and that is what I do, what comes out of my mouth. Let the self examination and personal responsibility begin with me.
Reasons to restore human kindness — quoted long ago!
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” ~ Helen Keller
“It matters not if I have much or little. It matters not what I have been before. What matters is what I am now. In this present moment, I choose kindness, as there is no greater gift to give.” — B. Stuart Noll
May peace always be with you!