“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
I was reading the comment section of my local television stations website this morning about the latest attack in the Brussels Airport and subway station. This is the place where anonymous citizens can post their “thoughts” about the topic at hand. The story was young and developing so I expected mostly comments in the tone of “in our thoughts and prays” figuring it’s still too early for the crazies to have rolled out of bed and start their steam-roll of spewing the hate and vile I have come to expect from stories like this….I was wrong.
I realize that the loudest and most vocal individuals are typically in the minority. They like to post outlandish comments whether they truly believe them or not, basically they like to hear themselves speak and stir the pot. But lately I have noticed a whole new level rhetoric, a new level of hatred, a new level of hyperbole and this hate is directed at a multitude of individuals, races, groups and religions. Honestly, it scares me. It scares me that some people, Americans, have become so thoughtless and callus. I get a real sense of anger and rage boiling within a certain segment of our society, and sadly, it seems these are the same people propelling Donald Trump to the top of the leader board.
I don’t know where we are headed. I worry that it’s not only ISIS we need to be concerned about but also the next Timothy McVeigh clone. The divide between the haves and have not’s has grown dramatically over the last 10 years in this country and those types of chasms have been the spark of past revolutions all over the world. I guess what surprises me most is the king of the haves, the poster child for having it all appears to be the voice rallying the troops.
So many seem lost and angry, I hope they, we, will find our way. We have much to gain and so much to lose.