…that I’m more often concerned about the fact that people are committing desperate acts because they feel they have no voice, than I am in figuring out who is “right”. A gay student from Rutgers is dead due to exposure of his intimate life in a most callous way and the defenders of those who so exposed him say, “I think it was just a prank, really.” Not so funny now that this young man is irretrievably dead. It doesn’t matter anymore who was right or wrong. He was a very promising violinist – he’d been a freshman at Rutgers for less than a month, and, due to a “prank” he’s dead. Forever.
Liberals complain about conservative violence and conservatives complain about liberal violence (while of course also stating to “Bring it” because if Liberals want violence, they are pretty sure they can do it better….), when really it’s an act of desperation on both sides. Lack of recognition yields the call to DO something dramatic – to show “those people” the depth of feeling. But, violence only continues to beget violence.
I’m thinking how sad I am that our country continues to allow itself to become so polarized as it marches toward what looks to be irreparable schism, rather than figuring out how to recognize our common humanity while affirming our concerns and working toward truly bi-partisan solutions. Extremism is good for agitation, it is not good for legislation. It contributes in a most harmful way to the desperation felt by too many.
People, what happened to love thy neighbor as thyself? Jesus didn’t say this to mean only when it’s convenient or only when they think just like we do. If we forget the depth of humanity that lies in all those around us, including, and most especially our enemies or those who most revolt us, we are doomed. God save us from ourselves, for apparently, after all this time, we still know not what we do.