It is hard this morning to face a new week. The loss of so many young lives; the loss of so much potential at Sandy Hook was still weighing heavily when word came here in Topeka of the fatal shooting of two police officers in a grocery store parking lot. In both cases the perpetrator appears to have been a young man in his early twenties.
We shake our heads and wonder what these men had within them that would cause or even allow them to commit such heinous acts. Perhaps our time is better spent wondering how we as a society have failed our children overall. Music, movies and video games that objective and dehumanize lives fill our days. Human interaction has been largely replaced by technological communication. Laws are written so that when red flags are recognized in troubled lives, concerned citizens are told there is nothing that can be done until a crime has been committed; and the funding for mental health support is so depleted it may not be there even if a person were directed to it.
When our world is rocked by such violent acts we cry out demanding sweeping change, but there are small changes we can make from within that can lead to greater change. Speak out about the violence that bombards our collective psyche masquerading as entertainment. Demand better alternatives by deliberately withholding financial support from media outlets which produce “entertainment” that dehumanizes segments of society. Turn off electronics while interacting with another person. Engage in conversation, actively listening to the other person. Eat dinner as a family. Read with children. Volunteer in schools. Support the funding of mental health initiatives.
In the aftermath of overwhelming horror like we have recently experienced, it is easy to feel powerless; but each of us holds the power to make small changes. Collectively, the power of our small changes can grow into big change for our world.
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