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Will we finally be the generation that says, “ENOUGH!” and finally does something?

Lovelies, another week, another shooting of an unarmed Black Man, more protests, more school at home, more hate, more violence...when does it all end? Exhaustion doesn’t even come close to describing how our soul aches. None of this is new, but all this senseless hate and violence should be relegated to dusty history shelves by now, not playing in real time on our screens. Listening to more parents, spouses, children and siblings talk about their sons, daughters, spouses, parents, sisters and brothers that have been shot by Police and White Supremists is too much for our hearts to handle.

“And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? ... It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

When living or traveling in Germany, you will notice that anything related to the Nazis is presented as a national tragedy and embarrassment, every concentration camp, every single article of clothing, gun, medical supply that contains a swastika is displayed not out of pride, but out of pain, out of embarrassment, out of accountability. But the truth is, what happened in Germany, the slaughter of Jews, Dissidents, Homosexuals, Religious Leaders who wouldn’t toe the line, those with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities...occurred because people were willing to overlook the morally bankrupt and “unsavory” ideals the Nazis Party espoused because they wanted to make Germany GREAT...Again. A viewpoint that sounds more than vaguely familiar.

“Nazism seemed to many just an extreme version of what [most Germans] had always believed in or taken for granted. It was nationalistic, respectful of the armed forces, socially conservative, disdainful of laziness, hostile to eccentric or incomprehensive ideas that came from cities, disapproving of homosexuals and other unconventional human types, and avid to achieve ‘greatness’ for Germany. They welcomed parts of the Nazi political and social smorgasbord and told themselves that the rest was less important or was not meant seriously.” -Walter Rinderle and Bernard Norling, historians

History proves over and over that we don’t learn from the past, we somehow gloss over all the gore and depravity our forefathers and mothers committed and we say, “It wasn’t that bad was it? It was a different time.” Time goes marching on, but people only change when they make a commitment to seeing others as equals. Anything less leads us to fear and hate others because they are somehow different, their skin doesn’t match ours, their lifestyle doesn’t match ours, their religion is different, they dress differently, they eat different foods. We fear what we don’t understand, instead of working toward understanding, to see difference as beauty, as an opportunity to learn, to experience, to expand our viewpoint…we so often turn to fear, which is just a hop, skip and a jump to feelings of hate.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” -Carl Sagan

We have to be the change we want to see in the world, we must teach our children to be kind, accepting, loving, to speak up when things aren’t as they should be. We must vote for people who will live up to our ideals, we must not allow hate to settle in our heart.

We are better than that, we deserve better than this moment in history. It is up to each of us to decide how we can make our little corner of the world a better, more happy, more open minded and accepting corner. Like a quilt, when we each work together making a small part of the world better and brighter, beauty spreads.

Will we finally be the generation that says, “ENOUGH!” and finally does something? May it be so.
All the best-SG

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