Sadness prevails in our country. I think the real sadness is that we seem to never learn. We repeat the same mistakes, over and over, generation after generation. We rail against the mindless violence that is reported to us in graphic detail, some new horrendous act seeming to occur on a daily basis. There are the senseless killings – the uproar about the availability of guns after each episode, but nothing happens. I think the guns are not the cause of these acts, however. They make it easier for humans to act out their anger, their insanity, and yes, something should be done to make the distribution of guns more controlled. But I do not think they are the cause.
There is great variety in the kinds of acts that take loved ones away, that destroy families and lives. There are the deaths on the highways, too many the result of drivers falling asleep – a fight that Dawn supports energetically, but that our congress seems incapable of recognizing and passing laws to at last reduce the destruction. There are the insane acts of children – children too young to be suffering as they seem to, too young to have access to guns, to weapons they take to schools and use on their peers. There are the acts of desperate people, people that seem to feel no love, who fail to understand tolerance and humanity, who are living damaged lives. Why?
I wonder – are there really more acts of violence in our times than have been over the generations, the centuries? Or do we simply have more access to what is going on in the country, in the world? Is it the presence of the media, the ability to spread the stories instantly – or are we truly a more insane, dangerous society? Remember the Crusades, Wyatt Earp and Jesse James? I would hope it is that we know more about what is going on in the world. But that hope is not a happy hope – it is pervaded with the sadness that we never seem to learn. We never seem to come up with a solution to reduce the carnage. We never seem to become a better people. A more forgiving, loving society. Why?
We declare wars rather than work at resolving our problems in a peaceful way. We insist the world live the way we think is right, failing to recognize that each culture is different and that no one culture is the “right” way to live for all of us. We have no tolerance for the right of others to march to the beat of their own drummer, and we try to force our way of living on others. This is not peculiar to the the United States, it seems to be the way of mankind. It is what we see in holy wars that have gone on for as long as this world has existed. It’s what we see with ISIS, with extremism in all forms. It is what we saw on 9/11, in Columbine, in Sandy Hook, now in Charleston – in far too many places. Why?
When sadness overtakes as it has once again this week, I need to walk about my yard, look in my gardens, breathe in the beauty that nature provides. She gives us flowers and fruits with many colors and scents. Despite the stupidity of man, nature restores.
This evening I will sit on my deck with a glass of wine. I will listen to the birdsong, take in the freshness and colors and scents around me. I will breathe in hope, because without hope, I am nothing.