by Tammy Taylor~
I read the news stories and I’m shocked, sickened & saddened beyond belief. How could this be?? An evil man filled with a dark, boiling hate strolled into a bar filled with happy people laughing, dancing, celebrating – and just instantly eliminated 49 innocent lives. Not just names in a news story, but sons and daughters, friends and beloved family members. People who got up that morning and went about their normal day, not knowing the terror that lied ahead. My mind screams “no, no, NO!” but as I see these images on the nightly news I’m forced to accept its reality. And what did these people dare to do to cause his ire, attack him or his family? Steal from him? Perhaps caused a financial downfall? No, their only transgression was simply that they didn’t believe exactly as he did. Because they had differing opinions of life, love and happiness. This evil man didn’t tolerate anything different from his own rigid ideals, so he simply casually disposed of their lives in one inexplicably evil act.
As I’ve felt it seems way too often I’m once again saddened by the fact that as a human race we just can’t seem to get along! There are so many questions screaming through my mind – Why oh why must it be “us” versus “them“- my way or nothing at all? Why can we not accept that some people think differently than ourselves? Why must this intolerance of others result in meaningless death time & time again? We’re not white or black, republican or democrat, us against THEM! We’re all humans, brothers & sisters. None of us are exactly the same – we all have our own special value and spark of life, and we add that spark in our own special way to the lives around us, whether friend or stranger.
But even with all the differences we embody, there’s one thing that we all hold in common – we’re all inhabitants of this big blue planet we call earth. Those on the other side of ‘The Line‘ are humans too, others who have as much right to their opinions as you have for yours.
We’re not all alike, and that’s a wonderful thing. Let’s embrace humanity for once – the similarities & the differences, and just learn a little tolerance – show a little love. As the great Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
My heart is heavy for the tragedy in Orlando and I pray that one day we may all just accept our brother or sister for just what they are… Human.