This weekend has been harsh.

Violently, senselessly, hatefully harsh.

A sweet, talented, young woman gunned down by a deranged ‘fan’.

A spree killing in a nightclub. The worst mass shooting in US History as per USA Today.

Everyone has read the details. Everyone has a reaction.

Some keep it internal – silent or raging.

Some share it aloud – calmly….or raging.

I posted a few thoughts on my personal Facebook wall and several people, from various sides of the usual debates, began engaging and discussing.

I never claim to have answers – usually only questions. I simply hope that my ‘posted aloud thoughts’ and questions, get more of us thinking, choosing more wisely, and taking corrective actions.

To open the scope for the content I posted, I am sharing it here via blog to perhaps reach – and engage some who are not on Facebook.

 

** Violence is violence.
It comes from an imbalance ... in emotion.... in wellness.... in perspective.

It does not matter who anyone prays to, for ALL paths have those imbalanced who twist the doctrines and beauty of their faith into an excuse for their rage, their fear, their violence.

 

** We all say the world has gone mad... like it is this uncontrollable thing on the outside of us... separate.

It is in us... part of us... it IS us.

We need to self-correct.

 

** I shared this post by a D.L. Adaway: “Prayer does many things but it is not a legitimate strategy against gun violence and mass shootings”

 

** This image capture of a poignant tweet was circulating the internet. I saw it via a share by author Louise O’Neill, and I added my comments, seen below:



My Comments:

We see a news headline..

We feel anger, sadness, grief.

We may feel hopeless, helpless

We may be galvanized into action within ourselves or along with others to shift the tides of how we all interact and relate to each other.

And then we move on... we wash dishes, we walk the dog, check our email, post about our lunch, go shopping.

Life goes on.

For some. Sadly not all.

Those of us still alive - capable of, entrusted with, responsible to - move forward in a way affected by every single tragedy and miracle alike - we have to STOP for a moment... or more... or repeatedly. Not just react, not just feel and then move on.

Sit with it. Fear and emotional overwhelm making you look away and hide in mundane tasks... read the (image) post attached here. Sit with it. Feel it. Feel it as those there hearing that... Feel it as the people not getting response when they call those phones. Feel it as YOU - someone who does not want to live in a world like this anymore.

Change it. You have to. I have to. We have to. And yes.. we can.

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So I now say again, I do not have answers. Ideas, notions.... yes. Answers and Plans to Repair Humanity....not so much. This is a climate that was created by many and must be repaired/corrected/improved in the same manner. It can NOT be just one side of a debate, nor those from just one view point. We can not pray nor wish violence into extinction. It takes discussion, open minds and hearts, ego and fear (same shit different form) set aside so that focus and progress can be maintained on an end goal in which we stop losing lives, loves.

There is no amount of bloodshed that will drown out fear and hate. There is no amount of tears that will wash away violence. It takes discussion, plans, actions. It takes wise and compassionate choices in laws, votes (kindly do not vote in any sociatal excrement out of fear of diversity), teachings, beliefs, and actions.

 

THIS needs to stop… among other atrocities.. violence…and hate..

 

Mass Shootings in USA since 2007:

June 12, 2016. Orlando
Dec. 2, 2015. San Bernardino
Nov. 27, 2015. Colorado Springs
Oct. 1, 2015. Roseburg
July 16, 2015. Chattanooga
June 17, 2015. Charleston
Oct. 24, 2014. Marysville
May 23, 2014. Isla Vista
April 2, 2014. Killeen,
Sept. 16, 2013. Washington, D.C.
June 7, 2013. Santa Monica
Dec. 14, 2012. Newtown
Oct. 21, 2012. Brookfield
Sept. 27, 2012. Minneapolis
Aug. 5, 2012. Oak Creek
July 20, 2012. Aurora
Nov. 5, 2009. Killeen
April 2, 2012. Oakland
Oct. 12, 2011. Seal Beach
Jan. 8, 2011. Tucson
Aug. 3, 2010. Manchester
Feb. 12, 2010. Huntsville
Nov. 5, 2009. Killeen
April 3, 2009. Binghamton
Feb. 14, 2008. DeKalb
Dec. 5, 2007. Omaha
April 16, 2007. Blacksburg

I will conclude with this quote and comment both posted by Tony Robbins:

 

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Our hearts are with humanity #WeAreAllOne#Orlando #LGBT #Allies #LoveisLove#StopTheViolence