So much can be said about the frequent killings and violent acts now plaguing our nation and region. One could assume that there is a certain plot to destroy the safety, stability and sanity of our society. The question begs to be asked? Who is winning this battle for our society’s soul and heart? Further concerns linger to the extent of; “Why are these crazy things occurring?” It becomes easier to focus on the blurry lines, the dark scenes, the scary reality and the sad stories. Meanwhile, it seems like desensitization is captivating the conscience of the populace. If not desensitization, then maybe its apathy, hopelessness or just plain blank visual, emotional, social, spiritual and societal defects.
The fact is, we cannot close our eyes to the reality of where we now live and the dynamism within which it has changed and continues to change. Notwithstanding this need, I hasten to say that we should never allow these monstrosities to erode our inner peace, nor that of the society within which many of us have grown up – a relatively safe environment. Is it too late to salvage the freedom to express opposing views and still feel safe? Is it too late to surround our vulnerable young men and women with a sense of love and togetherness, in the hope of creating a better society with and for them?
What has happened to the ability to resolve conflicts constructively? Why have our people particularly our young men lost the art of dialoguing verbally, rather than with weapons, which results in horrific acts? Where did we lose the peace? With all these questions lurking about, with little or no answers, the temptation is to feel despondent. The sense of hope and safety are undoubtedly threatened to the core. Can we allow the negatives to erode the positivity of our humanity? Should we?
There is an Urgent need for collective social intervention. The complexity of these occurrences is mind boggling. We live in a different society today; to deny this is to be naive. What can we do? That is the question. What intervention can we make in order to curb if not eradicate these ills. The blame game will not work; the political point-seeking gimmicks stand to hurt the movement, and the careless planning and implementation of some social events enhances the chances of the horror, while they undermine the seemingly small efforts being employed to create change for the better.
This is an Emergency! It is a matter for speedy, but carefully calculated action. Tell me, what can we do as a people to meet our young men and women halfway? Mark you, I am in no way saying that it is only young people who commit hideous acts in our land and or region. For it is clear that “Children live what they learn.” It is also clear that many adults have neglected their responsibilities and have displayed horrible examples to curious, hungry and innocent eyes. Still, young men and women have souls, hearts, minds, blood and needs too. But alas, how often they have lost touch of that reality, and have elevated the thirst for each other’s blood because it is easier to numb the emotions, than to face them constructively. Cold, I know, but real.
Currently, I am searching for answers and intervention strategies. WE Need (ed) it YESTERDAY! Please feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations with me. WE the citizenry must act, to rescue, safeguard and salvage our communities, our nation (s), our region and our people. What do you say?
(This song may not necessarily highlight in exact terms that which I speak of, but alas, those who are surrendered to the inability to seek constructive means to facing differences, and who revert to violence are very much like “crippled men / women.” Our work is cut out for us.)