Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Thoughts, feelings, emotions, prayers, etc.

November 26, 2014

I think about Ferguson, I feel for Ferguson. I think about Michael Brown, I think about his family, I think about his friends, I feel for them, I understand their grief even if I don’t experience it on a personal level. But maybe that isn’t true, I do feel it on a personal level, because I’m a person, and personhood really causes us to think and feel and we can’t always pick and choose what we think or feel can we? When the actual facts present in a court case tell us that an officer of the law, whose duty is to serve and respect, discharged his weapon into another human being, who was unarmed, with fatal effects, how can a grand jury tell us that, he acted with “reasonable force.” Reasonable they say? It isn’t reasonable for this boy to be dead. It isn’t reasonable that only one person is tried for something here. It isn’t reasonable there isn’t at least one indictment of some kind, or an officer stripped of his badge for ending the life of an innocent knowing full well he was unarmed, and unable to defend himself. Look at an entire town trembling under terrible police brutality on a grand scale. It isn’t reasonable that any force was used, and especially not force with fatal consequences. The president gave an amazing speech the other day on how we must move on from this together, trying to seek a solution to this fear, to this hate, together, how we must protest without lashing out, without bringing more harm, more pain, more violence. He stressed that both sides of the big issues at hand have good people on them. And the outraged, the grief-stricken, the protesting were out en masse the following morning, standing up for injustice, standing up against hate and fear, standing up against terror, and not because of some obscure or self-serving agenda, but because goodness must win the day. Remember Michael Brown, and let us hope his death will not be in vain, and let us also be respectful of his family and his loved ones whatever we feel on this issue. Peace and love to you all, dear readers.

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Waging Peace

September 3, 2013

I’ve thought about this a lot, and it seems like a great time to mention it.  I asked someone if I could help them find anything at work today, and there answer was, “Peace in Syria.”  And of course, as everyone knows, or hopefully everyone knows, lots of really bad stuff is happening, crimes against humanity and all that.  The debate is heating up over what our government should or shouldn’t do about it.  We should help in some way, but how?  Every other time something like this happens, we step in with our own acts of war.  And we justify it in the name of Peace.  War can’t be fought in the name of Peace, because it is anything but. War being fought with peace as the ultimate goal, is a crock of shit.  It’s war, that’s all it is.  Peacemakers?  No, you can’t make peace, you can either keep it, or throw it all away by starting a war.  I see peace as the default state, the way the world is normally, and war is the element that gets introduced that messes it all up.  If we want peace, the last thing we should do is escalate wars.  Also, just because we are the U.S.A, does not mean we can solve every other country’s problem.  Some things need to be thought through a little better, if we really want any sort of “peace” in our time.  I mean look at our own country, we are always at war with ourselves, but we never acknowledge it. Let’s start right now.