I’ve been wondering lately, are the answers more simple to the problems America faces than the media, domestic terrorists or politicians purport? For me, I only need to get quiet and ask myself: do I feel better focusing on hate or love? What unifies a country — hate or love? Is the world better with more hate or love? That simple answer directs my attention and my efforts.
Stress Susceptible Varieties
Viewing a Harvard grad’s melt down after she first posted a video claiming she would stab people who supported all lives matter…and then, after her intended employer rescinded the job offer she posted another video crying and blaming others for her situation, I questioned, and perhaps her potential employer did as well — her mental stability — and particularly someone with a degree in government and psychology. Actually, I also question her GoFundMe support (and more recently for the 25-year old who beat a man unconscious)…and maybe that entire generation.
Do Old Seeds Produce Weeds?
Growing up in the peace and love hippie era, I support truly peaceful protests and seek productive dialogue in understanding current events. Some say the protestors inflict pain because they are in pain. I slightly understand that concept as in the abused often become the abusers. Still, that reasoning sounds like trying to make a right from two wrongs.
With this summer’s intensified hateful rhetoric and actions, I began wondering where did all this come from?
I contemplate parents whose offspring are violently working to destroy America. I wonder if they are the angry soccer moms who suggest their children fight dirty…or the dads who threaten the school board with a lawsuit instead of requiring their child to take responsibility. I wonder how we produced a generation of hate. Were they all abused?
One parent explained, “Many of these kids can’t find work and their school loans are crazy. Some just don’t have a work ethic. Not working — for whatever reason — is their world. Parents — feeling bad for them — pick up the slack, paying their bills and allowing them to sit home playing video games rather than contributing. They’re not even asked to be responsible.”
When mainstream media lost its objectivity and increasingly spread sensationalized propaganda, I sought other sources. Knowing how easily social media casts hate, I chose to not be involved. Yet, I wonder, do social media devotees realize the censored information is reshaping their thoughts and opinions? And probably directing their future?
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
Image credits in order of appearance (due to Gutenberg bugs):
Feature photo: by Benjamin Kaufmann on Unsplash
Last: by Artur Łuczka on Unsplash