Last month, a man walked into a Colorado movie theater and opened fire on agroup of innocent people, killing 12 and injuring more than 50. One of the victims not only lost her 6-year-old daughter in the melee, but suffered a miscarriage. I could not stop thinking about this poor woman and cannot possibly imagine how much she is suffering. I am not a psychiatrist but can’t help but think that somehow the man who was responsible developed a ton of hate. How could you possibly shoot up a room of people unless you were filled with hate?
This morning, I logged on to Facebook and received multiple requests to “like” Chick-fil-A because their founder rejects marriage for same-sex couples. There were also anti-Romney and anti-Obama posts. All this is well and good, but when hateful remarks are made against people who happen to believe differently, I think it is time to take a step back and look at what we are doing.
The reality is we are all people people with different opinions, likes and dislikes, abilities and disabilities; we are of different faiths and nationalities; we are of different financial and social standing. But we are all people. Maybe, if we start to put aside the negativity and respect others’ rights to their opinions, there might be fewer horrible acts such as the one in Colorado.