We are living in a time of “self-expression at anyone’s expense.” Not “the” time … a time. We are seeing more and more folks expressing their emotions / beliefs on issues at others’ cost. More emotional than rational. I have selected several photos that represent (in the following order – Left To Right: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY; WHITE SUPREMACISTS; ANTIFA; KKK. I chose these photos below because they look the same. However, the photos represent very different groups.
I oppose these actions you see in these photos. I don’t understand how anyone can condone what these people are “giving” us! So, I look forward to folks who BELIEVE in these groups and their actions to explain to us how your actions / your group’s actions make us a better nation.
My writing today is going to be brief.
I choose to judge people not on intentions … but, actions. I really have a difficult time judging one’s intent or heart. When I see hate or violence that is what I see. NO PUN INTENDED … it is “black & white” for me. You break someone’s store window – you are evil. When you use vulgar / racist language – you are evil. When you take a person’s article of clothing OFF THEIR BODY – you are evil.
I choose to represent those who believe negative / evil / mean-spirited actions are wrong. The only time I can really feel that I would have to look at this statement I just made differently is — when defending one’s self. But, promoting one’s belief in riotous moments? Come on! You have got to please check yourself. How does breaking a storefront window show LOVE? How does carrying a tiki torch / yelling at others show a willingness to connect with others you differ from?
I told you I would be brief… I ask for you to stand with me to END VIOLENCE TO PROVE YOUR POINT. Stop the hate-filled actions. Stop intimidating others with your mob mentality. Look at these photos below and ask yourself, “Do I want to be part of that person’s group? Do I want to be seen with a person who behaves like that? Could I (the reader of this blog) see myself in a similar photo to any of these and be at peace with who I am?” Stand in poo long enough, you start smelling like.
To match violence with violence is revenge / retribution and you have created another group of victims. Your violence / your group’s violence perpetuates the hate us “middle” folks are tired of seeing / living. Whenever “man” believes “he” is equal to God (in this case, deciding how to deal with revenge / retribution) is a sign of a “man” who is morally corrupt. I could go on, but MY WRITING TODAY IS GOING TO BE BRIEF. Which photo best describes your group? They all look the same to me.