In America most people have a fairly easy life. Even the poor in our country are "wealthier" than the middle classes in other countries. But money is not the only thing that allows for us Americans to lead an easy lifestyle. The safety that we are promised and given is a gift that we have taken for granted. In recent events this safety has been penetrated by people who believe that violence and terrorism are necessary to get their beliefs across to us.
I am going to get very serious with y'all. I want to tell you of the events that have been going on in our world for the past few months.
Since medieval times two Islamic sects, the Shiite and the Sunni, have been fighting for one of their members to be the next caliph. In more recent times this competition has effected the citizens. You all know of the Syrian refugee crisis... at least I hope you do. I wanted to bring this up to you because I want you to know that every day people in Syria and these Islamic countries are suffering. Their homes, places of employment, and religious sanctuaries are being destroyed.
But this is not the only place where acts of terrorism are taking place. America, Africa, France, Istanbul, Indonesia, and many other places have been victims of similar attacks. Now please do not take this the wrong way. I am in no way, shape or form saying that the evil in our world is due to Muslims. Do you remember the shooting in Connecticut in 2012?
28 people died that day due to an American. I just wanted to make it clear that I am not accusing religious people for crimes that people have done.
You might be asking yourself, "Why is she talking to us about this?". Well, I am talking to you about this because my heart hurts and this blog is my voice.
On June 12th, 49 people were murdered and 53 wounded by a gun man. Do you know why? Supposedly he was angry that gay people had made his family uncomfortable while he was in Miami. As a result he decided to shoot up and kill a place that was a place of fun and comfort for those who had made him "uncomfortable".
It is a shame. A complete shame. Hatred has taken over our lives. No longer do people only disagree. Every disagreement is followed by hatred for the other. If someone disagrees with abortion some people automatically assume that those people hate them. And some people who disagree with abortion truly do hate those who follow through with the act. Do you remember the Colorado shooting this past Thanksgiving? Well, this is just one example.
Why can we not agree to disagree? Not every disagreement should be accompanied by hatred. The person I disagree with the most is my mother, but guess what? At the end of the day she is the person that I love the most. Our disagreements foster our conversations and deepen our relationship.
There is something good though, we can all do our part. We must pray and hope for the people in our world that believe terrorism and hatred is the right answer. We must spread our joy, love, and smiles to everyone around us. We can spread the love that everyone deserves. St. Maximillian Kolbe once said something along the lines of hate is not creative, only love is creative.
In our modern day this quote should pop out to us. We should all love. Love goes much farther than hatred.
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