Change Starts at Home

I usually can sit in front of my computer, think of a topic, and write openly and easily about what’s on my mind. This time it wasn’t so easy. I wrote, deleted, started over, wrote, and then started over again. The reason things were so hard this time because, I found myself writing with a clouded mind and a heavy heart. Most of it stemmed from the problems that I see and hear about in this world, and even more specifically what’s going in within my communities.

In the midst of all the crazy things that are going on in this world, I found it a perfect time to for me to revaluate my life and make sure that I’m doing my part to help make a change. We are facing tragedy after tragedy, daily and it is disturbing to turn on the TV or surf the web only to hear about more racial tension, another senseless murder, and the glorification of things or people who probably shouldn’t matter. I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who is tired of the nonsense, so I have a simple solution on how we can all do our part to make a difference in the world before it’s too late.

Change in this world has to start within our own homes! Have you ever seen how small children interact with each at a playground? If you haven’t, it’s a thing of beauty. I was once told that the closest thing to God is a child, because they are so innocent and have no idea of how the world actually works. Children of different races and backgrounds play great together, because all they want to do is have fun, they don’t know much else, nothing else even matters to them. Children learn and follow the lead of their parents, siblings, teachers, friends, etc. Kids are not born to hate, that is something that is learned. I find it sickening that someone would take such an innocent soul and tarnish it with hate, jealousy, greed and any other poison that comes with being in this world. It’s sick that a child will one day grow up to be a hateful adult and the cycle will continue, creating generations of hate. Our children are our future. We must raise our children the right way. Lets teach them that showing love and compassion is not a sign of being soft. Lets teach them that jealousy is a weak emotion that no one should be infected with. Lets teach them that respect is the key. I believe a lesson on respect is major for the development of our children.

Respect for others can go a long way. If someone has a different point of view, respect it and move on. Someone else’s sexual preference, doesn’t affect you and how you live your life so, respect it and move on. The next person’s religious beliefs doesn’t have an affect how you live your life or what you believe in, so once again, respect it and move on.

Besides the lack of respect we have for another, I see that some people don’t even respect the next person’s situation. Believe it or not, we don’t all come from the same cultural background. We are of different ethnicities and we have different religious views. All of our differences create different situations. For example, you can’t be mad when someone says “Black Lives Matter” and combat that with “All Lives Matter’. Do “All Lives Matter”, 100% yes, but that wasn’t the reason for saying “Black Lives Matter”. It was said to help bring awareness to what is and has been going on in the black community for quite sometime. Respect those particular situations instead of arguing the movement. Try to understand why, it was even brought up. There is always a cause and an effect.

As a whole, we put people into a box. A box created by generalizations and stereotypes. We allow the actions of some bad people form our opinion of and entire group, and that is completely wrong! Not all white people are racist, not all Muslims are terrorist. Too many times we allow the ideas and backwards ideas of people to crowd our own minds and we forget to think for ourselves. When someone says something negative about a person, place or thing, give him or her a simple test question. Say “how do you know?.” As simple as this question is it, it’s difficult to answer for the person who has no first hand account on the subject.  I dislike when people give an opinion on something they know nothing about. I was taught that saying, “I don’t know”, is better than giving an invalid answer.

In my opinion, this is not a black versus white thing, or a Christian versus Muslim thing, I see it as a humanity issue. I believe that we can help this issue, by combating it within our own homes.  Tupac Shakur said it best, “I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee I will spark the brain of the one that will”. You never know the person who changes the world could be in your home right now, or it could be you. Lets try to do the world a great justice and clean up.

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