There have been so many upsetting incidents hitting the news feed over the last few weeks. From women being killed by their intimate partners in multiple incidents across the country to native American war veterans being mocked by “Catholics”. It all leaves me feeling completely helpless, yet searching for ways to do more. I can’t help but ask myself daily, “What are we doing wrong”.
One of the reasons I write, is to build a platform for change. But I have to always do a reality check, are the right people listening? I get many comments from those in my corner, who believe in what I am saying. But I also get comments from those on the other side, only fired up more to justify their own positions. It is in this light that I view the current state of the country, where polar opposites constantly butt heads. But are we moving forward in any meaningful way?
While I loathe when Trump speaks as it truly makes my stomach turn, I really try to listen to those who support him so that I can understand their perspective. I listen to what their experiences were that led them to their decision. The answer is often the same. They support his platform and view his methodology as a weapon against lethargy, laziness and an assault on basic freedoms. Many supporters will actually admit that his ways are aggressive and uninformed, but they will take that over “liberals” any day of the week.
My view is that the method matters and his instigates the worst of society to rear their ugly heads. My view is that aggression comes in many forms, physical and psychological, both equally dangerous. I ask everyone, in this day and age, is any type of aggression necessary at all? When those whose ideas are not powerful enough to stand question, they simply resort to violence to place others in submission to justify their ego. It is time to strengthen our arguments and raise our voices to extinguish the assaults on our bodies and our intelligence. How will you raise your voice and make a difference?