Yesterday, another human tragedy occurred in London. If you haven’t heard, a domestic terrorist drove a vehicle into the sidewalk of Westminster Bridge and took the lives of several people, injuring multiple more. I’ve lived for nearly three decades now. I’ve traversed a few parts of the globe. I’ve served in the U.S. military. Point is, I’ve seen a lot of awful things, and yet I’m still devastated every time I hear or read about something like this, and I often find myself wondering why we, as humans, continue to do these things to each other. Why are we so ready to devote our lives and our spirits to something that we’re willing to destroy those of others?
More and more as I get older, the song “Imagine” by John Lennon starts to resonate with me–especially when events like this occur. Like, truly imagine if there were no religion–no driving, desperate belief in an afterlife worthy of such heinous acts. That there were no countries–no divisive borders to rend us further apart than the arbitrary reasons we already contrive. And no possessions… Now I know I’m about to sound like a socialist, which I suppose I am partly, but I honestly believe that greed and covetousness are the single most driving force behind corruption and mistreatment of other people. Don’t get me wrong, I love my car, my computer, and my things just as much as the next guy, but items should not be so difficult to obtain. Things should not be indicative of social status (which, again, I’m not a fan of either).
Okay, tangent over. To be clear, this post isn’t mean to be some sort of testament to how profound I am. It’s not meant to be motivational, inspirational, or confrontational. If anything, it’s simply a way for me to get some thoughts out of my mind so I can move on with my day–to remind myself (and anyone else that happens to come across my little corner of the internet) that, despite the terrible things that happen in this world, things aren’t all bad. There are still dreamers in the world. There are still people, like myself, who have hope that someday we can move beyond these things that cause us to hate, to harm, and to covet each other.
In this world that we live in, I often have to remind myself that there is, of course, goodness, as well. There is beauty in humanity–there is compassion, there is empathy, and there is good. And maybe I’m an optimist, but I also like to believe that it outweighs the bad.
I hope. Love and good vibes to you all–have a great day!