It’s been a complete mess this week. After hearing about the seven (?) Dallas police officers shot overnight, I didn't even want to log in today. But of course, I ended up scrolling through my feed...reading opinion after opinion.
I have to admit, I haven't yet watched either video of the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I know it would probably make me absolutely sick. When I see videos like that, I think of my dad and my brother. What if it were them? It’s horrifying. I also know how this story tends to end…Nothing changes. There will be another hashtag in a few months.
It blows my mind how disconnected people are. There are many aspects of other religions, cultures and races that I don’t understand…but I wouldn’t dream of getting on Facebook and blasting my ignorance to the world. Just because you don’t understand the Black Lives Matter movement, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hold value.
We all see life through our own lens, our own experiences, upbringing, friends, family... So when you’re having a hard time understanding someone else’s point of view, try to put yourself in their shoes (cliché, I know). Or…instead of getting mad about something you can’t comprehend, why not ask someone who does. Why not have a conversation? Why not try to inform yourself? You may not change your mind, but you’ll at least open yourself up to how someone else may be feeling. You will consider someone else’s feelings instead of just your own.
My heart breaks for all those who lost lives this week. There is no justifying murder.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” Galatians 3:28