When I was a toddler, I would go up to one of my cousins who was my age and say “Let’s argue!”
We would proceed to argue, in toddler fashion, just for fun. It was a great game to us. And it ended when one of our parents, or grandparents, told us to cut it out.
It’s a silly story my mom likes to tell.
But I’ve grown up since then. I’m not that annoying toddler who wants to argue about everything anymore.
But sometimes as I’m watching the news media, and different people’s’ commentary on that, I’m reminded of my toddler self, arguing for the sake of arguing.
The death toll in fifteen minutes’ browsing through Facebook is higher than the last season of Game of Thrones.
It seems like every other week, my church’s pastor starts off his sermon talking about a new tragedy: A shooting, a bombing, a terrorist attack.
And when I see these senseless tragedies reported on Facebook, far too many comments are focused on blaming someone, rather than trying to help the victims, or find a way to prevent more senseless tragedies.
We need to focus more on the victims, helping survivors, and the families of those lost to these tragedies. We need to focus on working together to find a solution to these issues.
Let’s please just take a moment and remember that no matter your stance on gun regulation, political affiliation, race, gender, or sexual orientation, we are all human. And human lives have been lost.
That is the most important thing to focus on right now. Everything else is a lesser detail.
The most important thing is that human beings have been killed. This needs to stop. And arguing about whose fault it is will not stop it from happening again. Only by working together and compromising can we prevent more tragedy.
The U.S. and Soviet Union didn’t really get along. But both worked together and made compromises in order to end WWII.
IF the US and USSR could cooperate, so can everyone else.
Our country, our world is a powder keg, and we do not need the next tragedy to be “the shot heard round the world.”
What we need is to start working together and let peace and cooperation be heard ‘round the world.
We have all the tools, all the words of wisdom from the past we need to put our world back together again before we take a fall greater than Humpty Dumpty’s.
We just need to listen to the wisdom of our past:
“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”