Often it is questioned how does someone who is corrupt, preaches hatred of their fellow man, looks to divide rather than unite and possesses no compassion for others attract so many followers? The answer is simple. It is not the person themselves; it is the fact that their actions are a mirror into the true soul of those that follow them.
Do not hate; rather, weep for the person who harbors hate and cultivates division among others. Who knows not compassion for their brother and sister but possess a cold and selfish spirit. For when they wake each morning, it is not to the joy of the world around them but to the pain and despair of another day brought forth by the ugliness that resides within their heart and soul.
Some of us are Republicans, some Democrats, and some independents. Some of us are people of color; some of us are not. Some of us are heterosexual, some homosexual, some bisexual. Some of us Christian, some Muslim, some Jewish, some atheists, and a host of other beliefs; in the end, we are all American, and most importantly, we are all humans.
There is often a fear of the unknown in some of us, an irrational fear that leads to isolation. Isolation leads to a lack of knowledge and understanding about those that are different from us. If history has taught us anything, a lack of knowledge often leads to disastrous results. It also can lead to the continuous growth of the prejudices we all have within us. Those prejudices are stripped away as we begin to understand those who differ from us. However, for those who remain isolated, those prejudices remain and can be easily stoked by people in power who do so for the goal of advancing their wealth and power. These individuals thrive on chaos and division. They speak non-truths and keep the people divided against each other rather than uniting for humanity’s betterment as a whole. They want us to be afraid of each other; they want us to hate each other, want us to lose our compassion for each other, and build walls to separate us. This strategy allows them to take advantage of us all. As Suzy Kassem wrote:
When two brothers are busy fighting, an evil man can easily attack and rob their poor mother.
We must strive as Americans and humans to rise above the evil that seeks to divide us. We must stand together and keep moving forward as a society. We must marginalize those who refuse to embrace diversity. For in unifying one voice into many voices, we will be able to change the despair of today into the promise of tomorrow, and from that, we all will be better.
What has become of our country?
In a country where so many are unconcerned with their neighbor’s health, they refuse to do something as simple as wear a mask.
A country so fixated with guns that it can’t even pass common-sense gun control even in the aftermath of children being senselessly murdered.
A country where people complain about raising taxes to help the millions who live in poverty, are homeless, have no health insurance, or face food scarify but are willing to pay $1,100 for the new iPhone.
It is time America looks in the mirror and asks itself, is this really who we are? If the answer is yes, then I weep for us because it is just a matter of time before our violence, greed, and lack of concern for our fellow man lead to our downfall.
Ezekiel 22:30 New King James Version
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
If we could get an e-mail from on high today, I imagine it would read something like this.
There has been some confusion of late, so I just wanted to check in to state what I thought with the intelligence I have blessed you with should be obvious but is not.
If you would see a child, one of my most vulnerable, go to sleep hungry or without a roof over their head simply because they were born into poverty or on the wrong side of an imaginary line you have drawn in the earth, you can not say you are one of my children. Suppose you would think to call yourself superior to another simply because of your skin color, ethnic background, religious group, or sexual orientation. In that case, you can not say you are one of my children. If you would protect the wealth of those with an abundance at the expense of providing the bare necessities to those without, you can not say you are one of my children. If you would look to harm or, worst, kill another using my name as your justification, you can not say you are one of my children. It is only in my children’s hearts that the concept of unconditional love and compassion resides. I hope that has cleared it up to you. You may carry on.