Less Hate, More Understanding, Please

The United States and most of the world would be a better place if there was less political posturing.

If we stopped looking for the things that we disagree with and instead looked for the things we can agree on.

I have a friend whose wife gave birth to their first born, a daughter on December 11th, my birthday, nearly a month ago. Today I was reading about how that little girl is fighting for her life.

This morning I bumped into a friend from my childhood and asked him about his family.  Matt mentioned his mom died in November and his Dad had passed away in 2013.  Not unexpected due to their age and declining health, but these two examples point out something.

We are never guaranteed a life on this planet.  For some it may last 80+ years.  Other lives can only be measured in days.

Fighting for good for others is admirable to a degree.  But if you are fighting and hurting others, it really isn’t worth it.

News this morning out of France mentioned more violence: Twelve people were killed in a terror attack Wednesday at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that has published controversial Muhammad cartoons.

Like the Sony hack and threats that were attempting to prevent the movie “The Interview” from being released last month, there was probably a bit of anger and revenge behind this killing.  From the news story linked above: “Hey! We avenged the Prophet Muhammad! We killed Charlie Hebdo,” one of the men shouted in French, according to one video shot from a nearby building and broadcast on French TV.

Freedom of speech is something we value in the United States and it is protected in our Constitution.  However there are limits and while the killing in France cannot be justified, I see why they may have done this.

Look, evil and hate will be with us forever.  We can only do our part to not spread it and instead look for ways to draw us together to find solutions for everyone.  Let’s pledge to do that this year, okay?

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