With everything that is happen in our communities, adjoining communities and communities far away from us; things that poke at the core of our beings threatening the inset of confusion, bewilderment, and impulsive approaches aimed at bringing comfort to our souls, it is time to breathe deeply, sit down, lay back and give thought to the situations around us.
Find a nice place and take a seat: here.
Everything that is occurring has roots and a basis in the things we have done in the past. Every moment of the present is closely linked to our past behaviours, whether they were good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable, noble or shameful, and we cannot but reflect on the past to have a sober perspective on the things that are present in our lives. What have we done to cause the things we see today?
We cannot but reap what we sow, and as sobering as that may be, it is a fact of life. We cannot and will not escape what we have put in motion. Of all the things that should concern us, we have an obligation to those that come after us to ensure that we do nothing for which they will pay dearly with their livers, their funds, or any other thing that limits a satisfying existence. We are debtors to a secure future to our children and the generations to follow.
So, as we consider what to do about the safety of our children, their schools, and their communities, it is important that we consider the things that we have been doing over the past decades. We must reflect upon the decisions, both social and political, that have led to the things that unsettle our lives. But, before we do anything, before we take proverbial knee-jerk reactions, let us all take a deep breath and reflect on what has transpired over the decades. How have we shaped the communities and the attitudes that are present today. Once we have spent some time reflecting, it is then that we can begin to discuss a path forward that will heal our pain and build a better future.
This is what we can do. This is what we must do.