When will it stop?
There was another mass shooting by an angry young man near a University of California campus in Santa Barbara last Friday. Six were left dead, seven wounded.
Perhaps it is a microcosm of hatred and vengeance taken out on a larger scale around the world in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa where life is mortally threatened daily and people are murdered in mind-numbing numbers. Whatever the underlying reason, it needs to stop. Humanity needs to come up with meaningful answers that root hatred out of the human consciousness, replace it with love, and cause people to love one another and work together for each other’s happiness.
This will not happen overnight, but it must occur for the world to be a safe place to live.
Bullets kill people. Bullets come from guns. Fingers pull the trigger on those guns. And thoughts govern those fingers. The more people love one another, rather than hate, the sooner their thinking will be filled with thoughts of love, and a loving thought will not pull a trigger on a gun aimed at a neighbor they respect and cherish.
The remedy for mass murder is based on a simple rule, really, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” It’s a rule taught by most religions around the world, and by thinkers and leaders who do not consider themselves religious. It’s preached to billions of people.
We need to teach it to all our children, and live it so they learn by example, at home, in our community, in our nations, between countries. This is happening already, of course, but it needs to happen more.
When dealing with mentally disturbed children who need special help, they cannot be ignored or forgotten and left to the devices of malicious intent. Those who are thinking clearly must help the troubled child find some type of progressive peace before they commit a horrible crime. We need to let our collective love be so broad that no one feels like an outcast, and prove that there is enough love to go around for everyone.
I pray that we collectively figure this out for the benefit of all.
“Mass shooting in Santa Barbara: Another disturbed young man?”
Christian Science Monitor