I am feeling perplexed, angry, helpless, and sad. Mostly, I am acutely curious about why people of the human race continually exhibit hatred toward other humans. Why does there seem to be such disregard for the sanctity of an individual’s life and rights? I realize this is not a new trend. It has obviously been going on since the beginning of recorded history. It probably isn’t much different today than it was in the past, but, with our modern media system, we certainly are more aware of the global impact.
Stories of wars, genocide, abuse, murder, aggression, slavery, executions, terrorism, etc. are found throughout history. Sometimes they are perpetrated in the name of a god. Other times the obsession with power and possessions is the driving force. Whatever the cause, evil happens.
So, you ask, what brought on this sudden concern? Actually, it isn’t all that sudden. I think about it a lot. However, I will admit that a spike in my feelings happened as I was reading a book entitled The Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown. In this book the author tells the story of an actual woman named Mary Rowlandson, who was the wife of a Puritan Minister in colonial New England.
Mary was captured by Indians, and came to realize that they weren’t as “savage” as the Puritans believed. The fact is that the Native Americans have only tried to defend what they thought was theirs. The Colonial English, the French, the Spanish, and certainly the Americans have systematically invaded and occupied their lands. It is believed by some that Native Americans have occupied this continent for more than 25,000 years. If this sort of invasion happened today, the USA would be quick to condemn the aggression, and might even join a military campaign against the perpetrators.
Very frequently we hear of mass murders by an individual with some sort of problem and access to guns. We hear of suicide bombers. Genocide is occurring in many areas of the world. Prejudice is still rampant in our country, as well as other parts of the world.
I suppose by now you are waiting for my magical solution to this global situation. I have none. I do believe that humans are inherently good, and that fear, hatred, and prejudice are learned. If, somehow, we could guarantee that the children of the world remained innocent and caring, maybe this would be the magical solution. Unfortunately, we are not in charge of all the children, or what they are being taught.
In order to leave this post on a slightly more positive note, I will share a couple of quotes. The first one is from the character playing Leonardo da Vinci on the series Da Vinci’s Demons. He said, “Hell happens when the evil of the world exceeds our belief that we can conquer it.” Albert Einstein said, “The world is an evil place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
I should feel better after getting this off my chest, but I don’t. Maybe this post is my small contribution to coping with the problem. I hope so.
Note: I usually add photos to my posts to illustrate certain elements, but I really did not want to show any evil in this post.
Sadly… I do not see an end to it all. Babies come into this world without prejudice and just wanting love. They wouldn’t think of hurting anyone and then they are taught hatred rather than love for their fellow man. How do you make people understand the importance of tolerance and caring in an effort to promote peace amongst all people? Why must there be war? I have no answer.
If only everyone believed in “good”! (Be sure to see the video)
Thanks for the comment and the video feed. I watched the video and agree with your assessment. I have subscribed to your blog also.
Thank you so much!
i was crying once over a horrible thing that had happened to the brother of one of my friends, and one of my wise aunts told me that I would feel better if every day I tried to make my little corner of the world a happier, better place for others in any way I could. She then gave me a cookie which also helped. I think of her words often, fail to follow them sometimes, and live up to them others. Like the cookie, it helps. Janet
My mother-in-law would make a batch of chocolate chip cookies weekly, without fail until she was no longer physically able to do so. I have been married for 47 years and we lost her a few years ago. She spent a small fortune on chocolate chips in her lifetime. Her cookies were pure love as she shared them with friends, family and strangers. What’s not to love about someone handing you a freshly baked cookie!
I’m afraid it’s going to take more than cookies to fix this feeling I have, but your aunt was correct when she said to make our little corner of the world a happier, better place for others any way we can. That is my goal.
Acts of atrocity occur for many reasons including momentary or long term psychological imbalance which includes emotional responses such as fear in many forms. Consider also how different cultures interpret good and evil. It shall be forever thus. But all too often it’s simply “They” are not one of “Us”.
Well said, as always. Thanks for the comment.
Hi, so surmising is an effort, but not enough of an effort. Have you further thought? Hollyccairns@gmail.com