I’ve been very depressed about our society lately. I don’t read Facebook often, but every time I open it I see some hateful statement. Meme’s that imply all African Americans are lazy people who “steal” hardworking people’s paychecks in the form of welfare and taxes. I see bitter hatred against Muslims. After the tragic shooting in South Carolina the other night I’ve seen posts saying that that it wasn’t an act of terrorism but a tragedy that the people in the bible study group weren’t all carrying assault weapons like they should have been. I’ve even heard presidential candidates calling the act of terror an “accident”.
Turning to the news I see that across the world those who have are shaking their fists at those who have not instead of reaching an open hand to help them. I’ve seen the hatreds spreading, dividing the world into a new cold war. I see the extreme violence of ISIS. I have read reports that most US law enforcement agencies, from the FBI to small town police forces, feel there is a huge threat posed by extreme right wing, anti-government and racist groups, which is perhaps the reason that every time there is violence by someone on the far right I see so much more hatred aimed at Muslims – there are people who want to us to take our eyes off of the real threat. I have seen that 97% of scientist believe climate change is caused by humans and yet over half of the people in the US don’t believe it, that the vast majority of money in the world is owned by people whose special interest is served by ensure there are no changes. I’ve seen reports by several groups of scientist that unless we make changes humans will become extinct within the next 100 years.
It is all so very depressing – greed and hatred are rising at alarming rates and it seems nothing can be done. We will just have to wait until the next shooting, something that can’t be called an act of terror unless committed by a Muslim. We wait and watch the hatred multiply.
But then there have been a few shining lights out there. What can you say about a normal white woman risking her life to follow the South Carolina murderer to ensure the man was taken off of the streets? I can say “hero”. Or the groups of black and whites standing together singing “We Shall Overcome”? How about a pope that spends his time championing the poor, common person and the world they live in? Now that’s a big voice to counter even if he doesn’t have the money the oil industry can muster.
One place I’ve found solstice is The Daily Show. I like Jon Stewart, but after his show following the South Carolina shootings, I like him even more. He gave an un-funny opening monolog about the problems of racism and violence in America. Everyone needs to watch it. And then he had Malala on that same show. At times she seems like a normal little girl, and yet what she has done and what she has said goes far beyond her age. If you haven’t seen it, please go watch the video.
I look at that quote at the top of the page and ask if I am doing enough. The answer is no. I need to say more. When I read those hateful comments and posts on Facebook I need to put up loving and compassionate posts in return. I can’t stand back and just let hatred win. I can’t let a teenager take it upon her shoulders while I sit back and do nothing.
I will try to do more. My question is, will you join me?
This post is part of the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. I’ve had a personal vision of compassion that I’ve been sharing on most of my posts on the subject:
Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!
Find out more about this movement. See the 1000 Voices Speak blogsite and the Facebook page. And add your voice to our 1000 voices all speaking about compassion! To see more for this month or add your post, see the “Linky”