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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stop Shooting One Another!

I was slowly working on a blog post about my creative process and why I prefer to write in worlds not our own. Then… idiot shoots at Congressmen and Staffers playing baseball. And the police have released his identity. The man has a Facebook page, and if it is to be believed he is Anti-Trump, Anti-Clinton, and a big supporter of Sanders. A liberal in name at least.

This is going to become such a shit show.

I am first disgusted by the man’s actions. This is not how we solve our political dilemmas people! This solves absolutely nothing and is only going to make things worse. Before the shooting there were already completely different idiots who want civil war. They are salivating at the idea of taking down their perceived enemies so they can have their perfect country full of people who look and think like them. This idiot has just given them more fuel for their fire.

Our country is divided. You can say it is just political, but it comes down to morals and beliefs. How you wish to be treated, and how you wish to treat others. This divide is whipped up into a froth thanks to our 24/7 news cycle where everything is a breaking story, and when bad things do happen that will be all you see and hear about until the next bad thing happens. The big cable news channels are purveyors in what I call Disaster Porn. It is grotesque, exploitative, and never shares the truth.

Our current President sure as hell doesn’t help the situation. He ran his campaign on division. Us vs Them. Insiders vs Outsiders. “True” Americans vs Traitors. At least he hasn't gone off the rails about today's insanity, yet.

It is all bullshit. There is no us versus them. We are all in this together. We share this nation, this planet, and while we don’t always have to agree with one another. We should not resort to shooting one another because of those differences. If we all agreed the world would be a very boring place.

I don’t have the answer for solving the political and moral divide in this country. Though I think a lot of it could be assuaged by just respecting one another, and more importantly loving one another. I promise I am not about to sing kumbaya. But nothing is solved by hate. Hate only destroys. Hate is incapable of being used to fix what is broken. Hate only breeds more division.

Don’t hate someone because of who or how they love. Don’t hate someone because of their gender expression. Don’t hate someone because of what god they worship. Don't hate someone if they don't worship any god. Don’t hate someone because of the color of their skin. Don’t hate someone because of the country where they or their ancestors were born. Don’t hate someone because of how much or little money they have in the bank. Don’t hate.

Oh, you can still be angry. You can be upset. You can be disappointed. You can disagree. You are under no obligation to be tolerant of intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or any other way people try to divide us. But don’t hate, and don’t act on that hate. And for all that you hold holy and dear, Don’t Shoot People!

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