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Friday, July 20, 2012

Aurora... This is for you.

Here's a thought...  Actually there are a lot of thoughts running through my mind today after hearing the news of the Aurora shooting last night. It's amazing to see how this world has changed so much in the past 30 years. With the advancement of technology and the process towards a more efficient society, we have gone several hundred steps back on the moral front of humanity. Who would have even thought of hearing such news 30-40 years ago, much less 50-60 years ago. The biggest problem you had back then was actually being shot by someone you KNEW, like with the Hatfields and McCoys. NO ONE ever thought of shooting someone they didn't know. Not that that is a justification but where in the world did it become okay in someone's mind to randomly go into a movie theater, food court, office building or wherever and start shooting off rounds of ammunition at innocent people?!

It breaks my heart to think that we as a society can't even go watch a movie without wondering if we'll be safe and return to our loved ones after it's over. What kind of society is that??

I listen to a popular radio show in the mornings and one of the DJs mentioned this morning that he believes that most people are good. I do, too. But how do we keep the people that are hovering around the not-so-good to BAD spectrum of humanity to come back over to the "good" side? Personally, I think we have failed our children. My dad always said, "There's no such thing as bad kids, just bad parents." Our children learn what we teach them OR DON'T teach them. If you don't teach them the difference between reality and fantasy, they will get confused about the two as they get older. If you don't teach them that they CAN'T have everything they want and that the world DOES NOT owe them, then they will grow up thinking that everything should be handed to them and they don't have to be accountable for anything. Hard work and lessons are hard and, yes, it does SUCK. But in the long run, it pays off. You have to work through the rain to get to the rainbow.

I am scared to death for my kids now. They are growing up in a world that is selfish and inhumane. People don't care about each other anymore. They don't care about their actions. All they care about is what they can get at that moment, whether it has repercussions or not. That's what we're teaching our children.

The change HAS to come from the HOME FRONT and how we are bringing up our children. He has to come from OUR actions as parents and as a civil society. The recent behaviors from the past 10-20 years are reflective of what went on back in the roman times when people would just kill you on the street or have public floggings. Is that the society we want? Is that the society we are turning into?

Personally, I'm glad I'm older and will be gone from this world by the time it gets worse. But I fear for my children. I want them to experience what I did as a kid. I don't want them afraid to go out in public or to talk to strangers. It's such a different world now....and all because of a few of those "not-so-good" that went over to the other side. 

I do believe that most of us are inheritantly good. But it is our responsibility to keep the morals and values as Americans and as protectors of our nation and our people in the forefront of our brains. We can't be lazy about it. We can't say, "Oh, I'll do the right thing tomorrow. Today, I just want what's mind." That's the attitude that has gotten this country in the shape that it's in now. We can NEVER back down from our beliefs that this is a great nation, full of great people. We need to always work to protect our innocent children, teaching them the right way to be descent human beings; teaching them to be selfless, caring and helpful people. We need to do something soon before it's too late. These types of incidents are more frequent than they ever were - starting with the Oklahoma City bombing. How many people remember that and where they were and how many years ago it was? Ever since then, we have had countless situations where innocent people have been killed, and not just in the United States.

Please join me today in making a commitment to our children and society to do the best we can as human beings; to always opt for the "right" thing to do instead of the "more convenient" thing to do. Pass it on. Kindness and selflessness are contagious. It's amazing how a smile and good deed can multiple. I feel bad even though I know I always try to be a good person and teach my kids right from wrong. But I keep seeing God's face or what I think it probably looks like. It just keep coming to mind today; the look of sadness. I'm sure He is very disappointed in us all. And I don't blame Him.   

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