IN all the aftermath of the “Trayvon Martin Case” once again the curtain is being pulled back and the baggage of America is revealed. And we all know that in this country the “Race” bag is so large that once its moved, its like a domino effect, and all the other issues start to tumble out.
As much as I disagree with some people’s opinions, I must recognize that they are formed from perceptions that allow insight into how that person views the world. Just scrolling through social media feeds like Facebook and Twitter gives a peek into the minds of others and at times reveals an ugly intolerance for opposing views.
Our constant desire to be affirmed and told we are right has reduced our ability to interact. We create DISCONNECTS between sects of people because they don’t think, act, or look as we do.
We sometimes argue when presented with a point of view that we can not understand instead of seeing it as an opportunity to minimize the disconnect between another person or group of people. Even worse, to avoid being “Politically Incorrect” most people decide that speaking up is not worth creating any conversation at all. No one wants to admit the truth about how they feel because it might be OFFENSIVE , so its best to be silent than to admit you disagree. God forbid a discussion arises that leads to an intelligent dialogue.
To me this FEAR is the GREATEST THREAT! The idea that silence is better because acknowledging that you have a differing opinion will somehow invoke the Savage Beast dormant in another. That ignoring issues will through some act of a miracle “HEAL” them. This fear silences many voices because they do not wish to upset the “Status Quo”. Equally as disturbing is close minded talk of “they or them vs we and us” and those who believe that no one outside of the group they relate to is ever willing to hear their voice.
Examining the divisions revealed with the current events has brought me to the realization that these DISCONNECTS do not just exist between Black and White, but also between Women and Men, Christians and non-Christians, Heterosexuals and Homosexuals, Rich and Poor.
Differences of opinions, perspectives, lifestyles etc. will always exist. Sometimes there is a clear cut RIGHT OR WRONG! This case demonstrates that sometimes what is judged as legally right can be an absolute moral wrong. As good stewards of the world we are to address those things accordingly not bury or heads and ignore them or grab our pitchforks blindly. Yes emotions will run hot as they often do but in order to effect positive lasting change, we the people must learn how to have an open honest debate across the aisle.
Just because your perception is real to you does not make it RIGHT! Sometimes we need to adjust your FOCUS!!