"What we think, we become" -Buddha
I think Buddha hit the nail on the head with his statement "what we
think, we become".
Stop and think
about this statement. "What we think, we become". Now look around
you. Look at all the hate that is being spewed through our society today.
I have done well to keep calm in the midst of the last year while politics
unleashed its ugly head. I have kept my comments to myself and watched my
fellow citizens voice their opinions very loudly and angrily. The louder they
become and the angrier they become, the more I see the hate escalate. "What we think, we
I watch as the
peaceful assemblies become demonstrations, loud demonstrations. People
begin to push and shove and invade the personal space of one another. They beat
each other verbally. Faces turn red and blood begins to boil. Words leave
the mouth, yet they have become weapons. The words pierce the soul and
injure the heart, words of mass destruction. "WHAT WE think, we
become louder and more violent. The pushing and shoving have given way
to beating and burning of property, a property
that is innocent of any crime. It only stands a testament to the hard
work of those that have labored, in vain they now think as they watch their
hard work, their security goes up in
flames. "WHAT WE THINK WE
escalates, the demonstrations turn to riots. Our neighbor has now become
our enemy. Friends are now foes. There is no haven
in the midst of mass confusion. "WHAT WE THINK WE
BECOME". Did we forget that the constitution protects our
right to “peacefully assemble” not riot?
I'm sure this
is not the scene our forefathers would
want to see. They shed blood so we could live in harmony, or at least
peacefully even in our differences. It pains me to think of all the men and
women who have died fighting; shedding precious blood so we could speak freely.
They fought for our pursuit of happiness. I am ashamed to see that there is
very little happiness today. The pursuit has become not one of happiness, but
one of who we can hurt the most. Liberal or conservative, Republican or
Democrat or independent for that matter, we are all human beings. We all have
the same basic needs. We will never see those needs met if we continue to yell
and scream and destroy that which belongs to others. This behavior will only
beget more and more HATE.
The Statue of
Liberty Once stood tall, her torch reaching out to the world, "Give me
your tired, your poor, your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the
golden door!" She said. The
torch burned brightly as a symbol of what could be, not what you could have without contribution but what
possibilities could be waiting for you through hard work and loyalty to your
neighbor? Over the years this has been forgotten by those who were born here. The symbol of
freedom stands on an island secluded and forgotten.
that truly believe this country stands for freedom still believe in this
symbol. True patriots still cross the
ocean and pass through the golden door of opportunity properly. The come
through and learn about their new country. They pledge their loyalty to this
their new home. And what do we who have forgotten this gift do? We argue and
bicker over who is right and who is wrong. We yell and scream about the lies
that people tell. WHO CARES! Enough of
blame throwing, none of us are perfect. We all have ideologies and beliefs.
There are billions of people on this planet. We have to make room for one
another. We have to protect each other. We can’t do that if we are so busy
fighting amongst ourselves.
there is a war strategy to consider throughout all this fighting. DIVIDE AND
CONQUER! The world is doing everything it can to divided the UNITED States of
America. And they’re doing a pretty good job. We are turning our backs on
ourselves. Be careful because this is when the wolf comes into the den. Before
you know it there will be no den. No haven.
We will have destroyed it through blind hate.
think, we become”. Let us band together and think! Let us think about one
another and how we can get past the blaming and name calling. Let us stop
adding fuel to the fire and it will die out. We can forgive and move on. We can
learn from this nonsense and build a better future. Remember, we all have
children that will have to live in the world we leave behind. Let’s not allow
our hate to be the legacy of our children.