Whether you’re a Blog writer or follow one, some posts affect you more than others. Katie Riegel’s piece entitled: Why I Can’t Just Turn Off the News captured my attention and inspired this post. Her piece is one that hits home and you can’t ignore.
“It is hard, being in this hate-filled world. It is hard to act, and hard to educate ourselves, and hard to know when and how to disconnect so we can renew and be ready to act and learn again. But it is not hard to love. Say the names of the Portland MAX heroes: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, killed; Rick Best, killed; and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, living. Love them. Love what they did. Love the people who supported them, educated them, influenced them. Love the thousands who now know and honor their names. And don’t forget to tell your love, to say it, while you can.”
What happened in Portland last Friday (May 26, 2017) is an event that shows the worst of humanity and at the same time shows the best of humanity. I won’t acknowledge the perpetrator of this horrid event by using his name. It’s contemptible to admit his kind and their acts have become commonplace. If it hadn’t been for the Portland MAX heroes, the two women the bigot was verbally attacking could have been the victims of physical violence. Instead, the heroes shielded the women and succumbed to the attack. May God bless these heroes.
I like to think of myself as a positive person. Even in some of my darkest hours during my life, I survived by looking for the good in people or the positive results from the experience. With the despicable episode in Portland, it’s hard to find something positive. Two women were harassed, while two men lost their lives and a third was critically injured defending them from the bigot.
Look closer—The Power of Love won over the hatred. Had it not been for the Power of Love, this event and its outcome would not be as powerful. It would not of become an international story of good over evil. Consequently, we honor these men and their families because the Power of Love prevailed
The incident in Portland wasn’t the only disgusting episode last week. We had the horrible bombing in Manchester, England. Then our President attending the NATO and G-7 conferences demonstrated his narcissism and disrespect to the other world leaders in attendance. This was just one week that continued the unrest and divisiveness in our country.
I am of the opinion, the divisiveness, has always been here. Yet, with the current political climate, it is as if someone took a stick to a hornet’s nest. Malicious and divisiveness has been and will always be part of humanity. The human race determines whether we yield to immorality by allowing it to be divisive. We can reject this negative for the positive (e.g. the Power of Love). It is our choice and not the responsibility of any one individual, organization, or group.
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Tony Valovich, a Deacon at my church, in his sermon used a quote that expounds the current discord between the racial, LGBT, religious minorities, and political communities. Tony stated: “Remember, there will never be peace on earth until the Power of Love is greater than the Love of Power.”
Tony concluded his sermon saying, “So love God and love your neighbor and please, learn to love yourself. You are a child of God.” I echo Tony’s remarks by saying, look for the positive, and use the Power of Love.
Finally, it is your choice whether to give in to or even contribute to the divisiveness. On the other hand, will you contribute positive encouragement and helpful support to your family and friends? Will you contribute to the Power of Love?