This morning, as I listened to newscasters describe the horrible tragedy unfolding at a Connecticut elementary school I asked myself, “What is wrong with people?” Who in the world would do something so horrific? I pondered the thought as I continued to listen to the news report. Newscasters mentioned the recent Colorado movie theatre massacre – during lulls in updates on the Connecticut incident, the news switched back to reports of Susan Rice, the fiscal cliff and the back biting between democrats and republicans. In an effort to get a break from the negativity I switched to the local pop station, only to get an earful of celebrity gossip via “60 Seconds of Sleaze.” My internal question changed from “What is wrong with people?” to “What the heck is wrong with America?”
When did we become so mean, negative and hateful? We hate republicans; we hate the rich; we hate liberals; we hate Snooki, Chris Brown, and Honey Boo Boo; we hate Walmart; we hate Obamacare; we hate Wall Street … we hate. And it’s disgusting. We’ve stopped using our voices to express what we love and have begun to tear down anyone who doesn’t think like, look like or agree with us. We are creating an environment of criticism, conflict and hostility and teaching one another that it’s okay to hate. And it’s manifesting in disastrous ways.
The Wisest of men once said, “Even the worst of people is capable of loving those who love them back, but you are called to a higher standard, to love even your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-48 paraphrased).
It may sound cheesy, but the truth is, all we need is Love. Love changes people. Love allows us to respect those we don’t agree with enough to link arms and work together.
So, today, in celebration of life, make an effort to love someone that is “hard” to love, invest in the life of someone who is vastly different from you, and who knows, maybe we could start to change the world.
After all, “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done … all you need is love.”
A TDL Reader