We live in a very hate-filled society. More than anytime that I can remember, lines of hate and intolerance have been drawn. The ability to create violence and terror among people is way too easy today. Lies, distortions, and fear, have made people more willing to commit acts of violence. Technology, and again, fear, have created the ability for people to easily obtain and use instruments whose sole purpose is to kill or injure as many people as possible. Something really has to change.

Yesterday’s attack on the Sikh community in Wisconsin is another example of that. They were in their temple getting ready for prayers. A gunman walked in a proceeded to kill five men and one women, ages 39 to 84. At this point, we don’t know his motivations. The fact that they have brown skin and wear turbans, makes me wonder if he was so delusional, or ignorant as to who the were. Irregardless, in this country, EVERYONE should have the expectation that they can worship in peace. These were peaceful, devout, people who were practicing their faith.

Sadly, the history of our country is filled with examples of intolerance.  Violence against minority groups, whether racial, religious, or based on their lifestyle, is rampant throughout the brief history of our country. Hate is something that is learned. Intolerance is something that is learned. Love and tolerance can be taught. But before we can teach it, we must first practice it.

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Comments
  1. charmedbylove says:

    really important issue brought up… drastic reform really is needed, and it starts from young – where we teach children the goodness of loving one another =)

  2. mamakin143 says:

    I don’t remember a time in my life when there wasn’t violence. In the 70s it was hijackings, and then serial killers, then war again, then gangs, and then more wars. Ugh.

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