Monday, December 17, 2012

It's Time to Take it Back

We live in troubled, troubling times. There's violence everywhere we look, and the media revels in sensationalism, exploiting people's grief and making money off it like slimy panderers. Every time I turn on the TV or read the paper, someone else did something that is unforgivable, inexcusable, inexplicable. And I'm tired.

I'm tired of reading just how cruel humans can be to one another. I'm tired of being afraid. I'm tired of knowing that the bad guys continue to win while the good guys suffer in so many ways. I'm absolutely heartsick over the fact that there are twenty children who won't see another Christmas, parents who won't see their children grow up. It's too much. Even one is too much. It's wrong on so many levels. I'm not sure I even know what to say. I'm numb, yet I'm hurting so deeply inside I can't take it.

We have to stop this violence. We have to take back our country from those who wish us harm. We have to make a change.  I'm not talking about gun reform, or mental health reform, or anything political. I'm talking about something much more personal. I'm talking about accountability. We have the power, each of us, to make good decisions. We have the power to make right choices and live by the golden rule. We don't have to be barbarians. We don't have to allow those barbarians to rule us, to manipulate us, to frighten us. We can form neighborhood watches and control what sort of activity goes on in our communities. We can choose to be a presence in our town and stand up for what's right. We don't have to fight violence with violence, as that's just paradoxical and exhausting. We just have to do what's right. Together, let's take back our towns; let's let people know we won't stand for this senseless violence. If we see it or suspect it, we need to act, before it's too late. We need to reach out if we're experiencing it, and maybe, we'll be able to save lives.

I know there are people in this country from many walks of life. We don't all have the same mental capacity, the same ability to reason and think, but we can work toward education and a shift in morals. Take those with no ability to do this by themselves and guide them into correct behavior. We have to take back our towns, our schools, our neighborhoods.

Any violence is too much. And yes, I'm aware I'm being very idealistic and probably not very realistic. But it could be that way. Just think of how it would be, how it could be.  I'm calling on you, on each and every one of you, to start taking back your neighborhoods. Let's band together and make it a point to tolerate no violence, no crimes. Let's use our available resources to run crime right out of our backyards. Send it fleeing for its life. 

I'm afraid for us and what will happen to us if we ignore this call. I'm afraid we're on the brink of total chaos, and it's up to each and every one of us to stop it before we tip over the edge. Please. I'm asking you, all of you. Please help me do what's right. Let's stop this before one more person gets hurt. Please.

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