Why I Don't Watch the News
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Generally I don't watch the news. I find it to be sad and depressing, and I try to limit that sort of input into my life. I think life is challenging enough sometimes without added outside influences.
It's 2016. Why is this still happening? Why is anyone violating anyone else? Why are people still having to fight for equality and to be seen as people? Why do we devalue and dehumanized others? Why is a quick sexual experience behind a dumpster worth ruining someone's entire sense of worth and value? How can that desire for physical release blind you to the fact that you are shattering someone's ability to feel safe in an intimate way with another human being in the future? Why do women have to defend themselves against this sort of behavior? It just makes me so achingly sad.
I'm one of the fortunate ones, I have no first-hand experience with this. As I look around at the faces of the women I see each day I know this ugly truth lies buried inside some of them. It's so sad. Why can't we a just be kind to one another? Why are there bullies on the playground? And the courtroom? And the boardroom? Why does minimizing someone else provide a sense of power to another? We don't become more by making others less. We become more by helping others become more.
This has to stop. Everyone has value. Difference isn't bad. Difference isn’t the enemy. Difference is where the beauty lies, where the learning happens, where we expand and grow ourselves by understanding others. If everyone was the same, life would be boring.
Please, treat each other with respect. Teach your children to respect themselves and others and our differences. Let's stop the cycle. Let our children be the ones who get it right. Let's raise them to see people, not skin color or gender or ethnicity or religion or anything else that has historically played a part in one group thinking they are better than another.
Let's learn from the young children who play with happy abandon with each other, not caring about what demographic the other falls into. They grab hands and run and play and laugh. What beautiful examples they all are.
Let's all play nice.
Author’s Post Script:
The above was written before Orlando happened. Orlando. Here is a partial list of the victims. Look at the numbers next to their names. They were all so young. So much has been lost. So many lives changed forever. Why?
We parents can do our part help put an end to all of this horrific behavior by teaching our children tolerance, compassion and love. Let us help guide them into becoming the generation that will change the world through acceptance.
Hug those you love a little longer today.