This cannot become normal

I don’t really want to write about political topics, but after another mass-shooting in the USA, I feel my anger rising, and I need to process what is going on inside me. Please bear with me.

My main problem and what I cannot understand is why there is no real discussion. Or let’s not say discussion, because there is one, but what is needed is a dialog. What I don’t like is that most of the politicians stall or use fear to keep things as they are. And fear is a strong motivator. I mean I can understand why adults don’t want to give away their guns. You often hear that they want to protect their family and they feel safer with having a gun. They do on a small scale what many countries do on a larger one. Many countries use their nuclear arsenal to discourage any attacks. I am not 100% certain that this is a good strategy, but that is a different topic. So, many people use the same logic, that they are safe or safer because having a gun discourages others to attack. However, this is flawed. And there is so much evidence that it doesn’t work on a small scale. Actually, only one incident would be enough to prove that this cannot be a safe solution.

This mustn’t become the new normal. Please don’t give in to being manipulated by fear. I don’t want to accept that there is a short outcry, followed by sadness and then nothing happens. I don’t want that people feel helpless and become numb and dull. And we are not helpless. Those students who fight right now are a good example and can serve as role models for all of us.

And this is not only about the USA. We all need to keep an eye on political developments and on lobbying groups, because many of them don’t have our interests at heart. And how can it be that students behave more grown-up that most adults and many politicians? It is evidence of incapacity that they cannot and won’t do anything, not even have a dialog. I think that every politician who gets funding from the NRA and related organisations needs to ask himself/herself what their inner child would say to them.

This mustn’t become the new normal! I don’t want to live in a world guided by fear and I don’t want to give in to anxiety. We all have more in common than what separates us. It is easy to say what our values are and many have kindness or love as one of those. Then please prove it by your action. Try to include people who seem to be outsider, have an open ear and open heart for friends and family members, who go through a tough period, and work on yourself, because only if you truly love yourself you are able to love others. Let us all go one step towards each other and not two steps back!

Let us show we are one people. We are all on this planet together and we are all capable of love. 

 

Have a wonderful day and take care!

Stephan

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