I still can’t quite wrap my head around the senseless tragedy that happened in Orlando. Not only have I been to Pulse, I was at Motor City Pride on Saturday celebrating the fabulousness that is me. There was a young man wearing fatigue pants and carrying a guitar case. Wayne had spotted him and commented on the case, I blew it off as the guitar that it probably was. Now, I can’t be sure.
The problem with events such as this is that the ripple effect radiates, touching many people who may think they were not affected but in fact were. You see, we are all connected. In the Christian Bible, Christ has said, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren; you have done it unto me. “Mathew 25:40
It doesn’t matter that it happened in a LGBTQ bar. Shootings such as these happened in a movie theater, college campuses and schools with little or no differences. These people could be you, or me, or you loved ones just as easily so let’s not make this about homosexuality.
We can talk about gun reform till we are blue in the face, but just like drug control it isn’t going to matter until we reform our mental health system first. We need to remember that we are all connected. We have all pledged that we are ”one nation, indivisible” yet, we have allowed our leaders to divide us and spew hatred from pulpit and podium till people think that it is acceptable. We have allowed people to make us so fearful of anything different, that there is not the chance for love. We have forgotten that we are connected like a many faced coin, all trying to live and love in peace. It is our unity through diversity that made the United States (and the world) great.
The Holy Quran states “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 48)
Or Mathew 7 1-3 “Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
The Wiccan’s Rede comes to mind, “An’ it harm none, do what ye will.”
I mourn for the families and friends of the victims, for those who survived and had to see and hear the horrendousness of the worst in man, the investigators who are listening to victim’s cell phones go off with phone calls and messages that will never be heard or seen, for the parents of the shooter, for the shooter himself for not valuing his own life enough to know that all life is sacred, for everyone who feels just a little less safe, and finally for a society that can feed and foster such events.
As Alan Watts has said, “Peace can be made only by those who are peaceful, and love can be shown only by those who love. No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”