1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
Every week now it seems there is some sort of attack somewhere in the world. Most they label terrorist acts, but if you ask me, they are all terrorist acts. Maybe not all are found to be the work of ISIS, but based on the definition above, it’s still terrorism.
We are breeding terrorism everyday with all the racism and supremacy. We live in a world where we are all labeled in some way. Either by color, economic status, disability, frailty, geographical location, etc. What is the world coming to? What happened to “treat those as you would like to be treated“, or “two wrongs don’t make a right“? What happened to we are all one race…the human race? Why do some feel they are better or more superior than others? Why do they feel the need to hurt others because of it?
I am sickened by what the media reports day in and day out. Here in the US, we are experiencing the beginnings of a race war and a war against police. Of course those wars have always existed sporadically at different times and different places, but it is escalating to a place that no one can feel safe anymore. I know I don’t even living in a small town in Northern Michigan.
Not all police are bad, but just as is in any profession, some are good and some are bad. There are good cops who are losing their lives not only because of the actions of bad cops, but as a result of ignorance and vengeance. No, let me change that…stupidity, not ignorance. This is senseless. Something’s gotta give. If our police have to watch over their shoulders to protect themselves, how are they going to protect us from all the other bad in the world? Why are we as a people allowing this type of behavior? Why do we glorify it through social media and news outlets? Why do people pull out their phones and video everything they see and then publish their version or just half of the truth only to get people fired up and lashing out? It is ridiculous and I’m done with it! I’m done allowing it! I will no longer sit quietly in my little bubble and not do my part.
They say it only takes one to move a mountain so that’s what I’m going to do. I say we start a different kind of movement. A movement to stop allowing social media and news outlets to twist and turn the mistakes people make into a reason to attack. A movement to stop hate and senseless violence. Stop encouraging or allowing the drama through social media.
Get off your high horses people and stop blaming and punishing others. When riots break out or snipers attack police, it’s not just that officer or his family that suffers. It is our nation as a whole that suffers. We all feel the pain or at least we should. If you think retaliating against a different group of people makes up for the death of someone, you are sadly mistaken. If you think you are sending a message to stop the shooting of innocent people you are sadly mistaken. It’s not about black or white or red or blue…it’s about hate and hate breeds more hate. Hate is what is destroying our world and our race. It is hate that is filling cemeteries and breaking the hearts of children. Hate is what we are teaching children. Hate is what our children’s children have to look forward to. Is that what you want? I know I don’t.
If you want to get mad, get mad, but do something useful with that anger. Don’t use it to hurt others or make things worse. Make a difference. Help move that mountain. Join forces with others that want to make a difference and push through the hate. Teach your children not to hate, teach them forgiveness and acceptance. Teach them respect and humility. Teach them to care for one another. Teach them by example.