Tonight I asked what you wanted me to speak on and the response was resounding in that many are concerned with the events of the last few days in #Ferguson.
As you each know I usually write in general as to the virtues of humanity, however tonight I will focus on what is happening in the United States and in Ferguson.
Friends, bad things happen in life and sometimes we are the cause of them. What is happening in that small city is not because of what a police officer did. What is happening is not because of what the young man did. It is happening because the community as a whole has chosen to see past the truths of an event and is failing to be accountable for what happened.
Many things led up to the event that happened when the young man lost his life. He made a multitude of decisions that day that lead him to be where he was at just as his parents made a multitude of decisions in life that molded him into the man he had become. The community itself made a multitude of decisions that affected the family and their environment.
The common thread is that each individual and group has had an opportunity to do what is right in every single choice, individually and collectively, for many years.
Tonight before you lay your head to rest, I want you to think of this; did you pick what you would be named? Did you pick where you would grow up? Did you choose what religion you would be? Did you choose what you felt was right or wrong. Did you decide what is good and what is evil?
NO! You chose none of it. Our lives from before birth has been determined not by you but by everything thing and everyone around you within our society. We each have been taught the differences in color based on the beliefs of those in our lives, We each have been taught a religion or a faith based on those around us and in our society. Each of us has been taught what is right or wrong based on those around us and in our society.
Now think of this. If WE, each of us, had been allowed to be who we are from birth and without social domestication, how do you feel you would be now? Think of this also, each of us no matter our environments our societies our histories the religions or even our colors, we each at the core of it all want to be happy, to be loved, to be part of something and to me noticed.
I wonder if we allowed our true nature to drive who we are and not the opinions or beliefs of others, how much better our world might be. How much better each of us might be to ourselves and to each other. I wonder if hate, greed, evil, war or anything we know to be negative and wrong, would even exist.
E.E Cummings once said, “To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
When I say to you, it is up to you, I mean it. Life is up to us as individuals. We each inherently know right from wrong and good from evil. We each know what is best for us, and no other. We each owe it to each other to be ourselves and who WE are meant to be for each other.
Do no harm and each moment that you can pay it forward and allow each other to be who they are and allow yourself to be who you are and who you are meant to be.
People of the United States and of Ferguson I ask you each to stop what you are doing. Accept what is and move on in love and in peace. Work as equals to improve and not to destroy.
Realize that sometimes individuals make bad decisions and that sometimes those decisions have consequences and those consequences hurt moms, dads, friends and neighbors, cities and Nations.
Your #choice to destroy your own community serves no purpose other than to show the world that racism is alive in America and not in the traditional way. It is alive in the hearts of those screaming in the streets and burning the buildings. You are perpetuating that which you so loudly proclaim has been practiced upon yourselves.
Let us all make a choice now not to listen to the evil words of others. Let us each make a choice to move on and to be accountable. Let us each make a choice to live in peace with one another. Let us choose to live as we proclaim to want to live.
It is your choice, so I ask, what do YOU choose.
Goodnight and God bless!
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