I still cannot fathom the amount of hate it takes for someone to commit such an atrocity.
It scares me to think that, despite our relatively short time on this planet, there are people who cannot simply respect and accept others as they are.
Some people quickly point out that we’re doomed as a civilization.
This is why my heart smiled a bit when I saw what happened in the aftermath of this weekend’s despicable shooting in Orlando.
Barely half a day into trying to process and explain what happened, there were lines several blocks long made up of people who were willing to donate blood.
They weren’t donating them to people of specific religions, political associations or sexual preferences. It was simply human beings answering a call to help other human beings.
Sadly, the political and media machine will likely never share what we’d like to hear.
Also sad is this truth: some people out there, through their own ignorance, will be throwing rocks at the wrong people. You will see people who practice their religion peacefully becoming victims.
I’m not saying we need to be all peace and love.
I’m simply saying we need to look deep within ourselves before acting rashly and dispensing our own personal brands of justice.
Right now, I’d rather be the person waiting in line to donate blood than the one throwing rocks through the windows of a little grocery store owned by people who happen to be Muslim.
We can all give life…or take it.
The choice is ours.
Want to learn more about giving blood? Visit the American Red Cross website.