Peace is Possible. We need to look for it.
I don’t watch or listen to the news much because most of what’s covered and served up to us is negative and so toxic. But I couldn’t help hear and see and feel the news about what’s happening in Missouri. Yesterday, a report on public radio got my attention about the Highway Patrol being placed in charge of the investigation of the death of Michael Brown, the teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson.
After nights of tear gas, rubber bullets and police in riot gear, it gives me hope to see images of Captain Ron Johnson (and the police chief) marching with citizens in peaceful protest in the video from the USA Today article below.
I don’t know how often law enforcement people march with protestors, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. As we mourn the loss of Michael Brown, I hope that we can all learn from our mistakes and that, going forward, those in authority realize that showing a position of fear fed dominance and control generally makes things worse.
What can we each do as individuals to move in a direction of peace?
I pray for the family of Michael Brown.
I pray for healing and peace in my homeland.
I pray for healing and peace for our planet.
September 6, 2014 at 4:27 am
I don’t watch or listen to the news much anymore except when I sign in to my email acct., and it’s flashing there on the screen. I de-brief and move along. It doesn’t make bad things go away, by any means, but I am thankful to have a choice.
September 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm
Yes. We do have a choice, in fact, many choices. Thank you for affirming that and for your comment here. What comes up when I sign in to my email occasionally brings me something of interest. When my curiosity is aroused, I look for a report with a balanced perspective. We do need to de-brief and move on, using our energy to do what good we can, even if we are simply encouraging or acknowledging the goodness.