How could this tragedy happen?

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I saw the post above, written by Elle Barts.

It is perhaps a bit harsh, but it carries a lot of truth. Our beliefs about ourselves and the world stem from our experiences, and Omar’s experiences and understanding of self and others was influenced by the public discourse.

However, what this teaches us is not that we should blame America, the world, or anyone else… it teaches us two things: a) progress IS possible, especially when that progress means respecting and loving one another; b) kindness and education are the answer.

While I think it’s bizarre to be able to acquire AK-47 just like that, and there needs to be a tangible gun reform, I don’t think it can stop at that. We still have racism in this country, and sexism, and homophobia, and transphobia, and poverty, and gang violence, and lack of religious tolerance, and … you name it.

As long as this exists, to such a large degree, we are certainly not living to the promise this country was built upon or, perhaps more importantly, to its potential.

What makes America fundamentally so beautiful, so unique, so appealing, and so unconquerable, is its diversity. If we cannot embrace it, protect it, and teach our children to respect it — then, what hope is there for us or for the rest of the humanity? Diversity is a fact of life.

Let’s stop paying lip service to a “senseless” shooting (I didn’t know there was a mass shooting of innocents that made sense??) and actually take some action. The families that lost their loved once have no use for pundits debating; their loved ones have been killed while going out for a drink and dancing. That could have been *any* of us or our dear ones.

Wondering how to take action? 1. Be kind. 2. Call your Senator and Representative and tell them to do their jobs (that means passing legislation that *actually* solves problems…instead of bickering and not getting anything done.) 3. Stand up to any kind of injustice when you face it — whether it’s happening to you or not. 4. Ask yourself how you’d feel if you had been in that club or if you had lost a loved one: in Orlando, or any other place. Just feel it. Compassion is a good thing.

Finally, to paraphrase someone great, let us “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

Change happens with each of us.

‪#‎thinkchange‬