I don't like conflict and I don't like division, so I typically steer clear from posting anything that can be seen as political or another dividing force. That being said, there is so much conflict and division, and there always has been. Truthfully though, I don't think it's a political issue, I think it's a humanity issue. A humanity issue that has always, and will always, conquer us if we continue to ignore it. These issues include hate, racism, prejudice, inequality, injustice, exclusion, division, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and so much more. All of which continue to plague us as a human species and create destruction not only among ourselves but also the environment. Will it take more deaths, wars, or catastrophic events for us to realize this?
After seeing the breaching of the US capital, and the response to it, compared to that of Black Lives Matter protests, and the vastly different response, the issues of hate, racism, and white privilege in the US were exposed yet again. But how much exposure does it take for things to change? For all humans to be treated as equal? There shouldn't need to be something significant to occur for change to be made.
I strongly believe that understanding our hearts and privileges is critical for this transformation. Change starts from within. Nobody is perfect. We all have biases, prejudices, and flaws that we all need to become more aware/ conscious of, but until this occurs, all forms of hate will continue to exist and maybe even prosper.
Can we be for love, not hate? For unity, not division? For peace, not pain? For inclusion, not exclusion? For equality, not inequality? For justice, not injustice? I'm hopeful we can. We just NEED to wake up!
Please reach out to me if you are struggling or if you'd like to talk about this!