Another day, another shooting. The reality that it’s become so normal is more repulsive than the act itself. This most recent one in San Bernardino hits close to home – about 45 minutes away from home. So we go on with our routine. We’re in shock. Then we’re in sadness. Then we’re in anger. Half the people will fight for gun control. The other half will fight to arm people. People will blame mental health, race, and religion. I’d like to believe we’ll get this problem solved soon, but I don’t think we will. Because we’re incredibly arrogant and selfish people.
You’ll often hear people say about a public figure, “I like him because he tells it like it is.” This often refers to politicians, preachers, TV show host, or any other public speaker. They usually mean that the speaker says something that is hard truth, something that no one else is willing to say. But that’s rarely the case. In reality, they just tell it like you want to hear it.
2014 has had its fill of events, its ups and downs, both global and personal. So with the close of 2014 and the start of the new year, here are some things I’ve reflected on and learned about my relationships, my work, and the world around me. Certainly not a definitive statement on how to live, but some food for thought from reflections on 2014.
What frustrates me is seeing someone on Facebook post an angry comment with an attached news article – which happens to be fake and they don’t even realize it. If that’s you, you’re not only making yourself ill-informed, you’re making the world a more ignorant (and more dangerous) place. So ask and implore you, please stop.
At first, news of a mass shooting was horrific and unheard of. Remember Columbine over a decade ago? But now, it seems like there’s an incident of gun violence every week. A shooter goes on a rampage and kills people, then ends his own life. Commentaries start flying around trying to explain why – gun control, video games, parenting, depression, etc.