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A flash

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Life is taken in a flash. The value of life is diminished. Fights over policy and rights. Flowers are laid and crosses made. Talking heads bark at each other like rabid dogs.

Violence marches on unabated, be it a foul word or symbol, be it a speech or be it a punch or shots. Be it in a church, hospital, business or home. Entitlement runs rampant, intimidation and fear paralyze the masses and our leaders.

It’s going to take all of us to set a new direction and standard or we will fall back to days worse than the wild west. We were known in the world for mostly doing the right thing. No longer is that the case. The curtain has been pulled back. We are no better than most areas of the world because we have forgotten how to deal with conflict effectively and peacefully.

Basic compassion for your fellow man/woman/child/animal/nature is diminished by the violence and greed. Evil seems to be implanted or scratched out from deep-seated hate.

We expect things from our law enforcement and health care workers that are far greater than they are sometimes capable of or trained to deal with. Do we start seeding our hospitals with war veteran doctors capable of dealing with war wounds? Do we send a mental health professional and ambulance to every police call?

We need to expect more from ourselves. We need to repair our families. We need to be less selfish with our time and help others less fortunate. We need to learn to become more tolerant and seak to understand differences.

And while gun control could be one step. Maybe a focus on mental health. Maybe a stronger family and respect system built. It’s not just one of these it’s many more that results in a culture change by all of us that says this shouldn’t continue. And we can do that regardless of what some leaders might say.

Shooting shells. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I wish I had more time to devote to this blog and my photography.
  • You can’t change lazy people.
  • I long to have a cat again.
  • I’ve really got to express myself more.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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