I had planned on writing a different post today. Something about compassion, something about making a difference, but different.
And then I saw this video.
I’ve heard the song, many times on the radio. I like it. Love it when my kids sing with all their hearts during he chorus. But, this video.
Brings it to a whole new level.
Especially in today’s climate.
I’m a simple man. I believe in simple things. I think simple things.
One things I’ve learned over the years, simple is usually the best answer to any problem.
And love is always the best answer.
I don’t care what side of the story you’re on right now. That’s not the point. The point is, we’re not getting it.
I get the anger. Being ignored, or worse, begets anger.
Being disrespected. Being vilified. Being told that you are the problem.
Black or Blue. 1 or 99. Woman or Man. We all have our arguments.
It breeds frustration.
And so anger and frustration rip us apart.
They make us deaf to each other.
They turn compassionate people into violent mobs. They point fingers and say “this is what’s wrong with our country…them!”
But, and here’s my simple mindedness again, I believe we can change this. We can flip the script, introduce the twist, and change the story.
And all we have to do is step away from the mob, step away from the police line, step away from all of it.
See the human being staring back at us. Not the uniform. Not the stereotype. Not the racial profile.
Grasp each others’ hands. Fall on our knees. Cry out in one voice.
Love. Love. Love.
I’m still calling on all of us to be extremists. Love extremists. We need it. Desperately.
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