Peace vs Fear

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What is truly going on? Why are people being so horrible to each other? What is the basis of all this? Is it fear? It seems as though common sense has left our country, our flags are being flown at half mast on a regular basis anymore.  So many lives have been lost, every day we hear more tragic news, it’s really wearing us down. Why can’t we all just either be nice to each other or mind our own business? This ugliness is learned, children aren’t born hating they are taught, makes me really sad.  Sad for them, sad for us and sad for the future of our country.

It’s time for those of us who are sane and rational to be the change this country needs. If you fight violence with violence all you get is more violence.   We simply must choose another way!

When I first moved to Florida I was starting in Middle School and busing was fairly new. The idea was to provide equality in education and level the playing field. I came from a very small mid western town in Illinois and was thrown into what felt like a battle zone. It was awful, people fighting, physically and verbally, just hating each other, it felt like what I imagined being in a prison may have felt. It was pretty scary for a small town pre-teen to be thrown into. I wasn’t used to people hating each other just because they were different.

By the end of my high school years things started to calm down, everybody became used to each other, some tolerated each other, some became friends, things got better with time, never perfect, (humans never are) but better.

As an adult, I don’t see people as black or white or yellow or red or whatever and I’m usually a pretty happy person. All that hate takes a lot of energy and focus and it’s just ugly. They say that prejudice and bigotry will end when we are all one color, a beautiful blend of all races. I hope we don’t have to wait that long, there might not be too many of us left.

Not sure what the answers are, but I do know that my focus will be on peace and positive change for all of humanity. They say that peace begins one person at a time, imagine if we all were to focus on peace, perhaps that could make all the difference…………

Here’s to your health and well being!

Helen Marie

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