“I hope they take the National Guard down there and shoot them all.”
I heard these words today in regards to the “migrant caravan” making its way through Central America. I heard multiple variations of this same sentiment today. Spoken by well-educated, kind people. Hate, spewed carelessly and arrogantly. Words and animosity thrown out flippantly about PEOPLE. HUMANS…just like US. Men, women, children, old people, young people. People with families. People who are scared and are hurting. People who are trying to escape evils that most of us cannot begin to imagine.
And we stand arrogantly and proudly and wish DEATH on them. This blows my mind and breaks my heart. I don’t care where you fall politically, I don’t care where you stand on immigration, I don’t care whether you think we should open our country to others or not. I DO care about fighting hate with love. I DO care about combatting ignorance with compassion. Before you speak, THINK friends. Think and consider the impact of your words, the impact of the energy that you are putting out into the world. Take a moment to reflect on what your life would be like if you had not been born in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Place yourself in someone else’s shoes, marinate in it, walk in them. Feel the fear. Feel their hurt and hopelessness. Ruminate on a darkness and hardness that most of us have never come close to experiencing. ONLY THEN, after careful consideration of our fellow people, after remembering that we are all citizens of humanity, only then – speak.
I don’t know what the answer is. I don’t know the solution. That is not the point that I am arguing or trying to make. I am pleading for us to remember kindness, compassion, love and empathy. For us to remember, as Ram Dass so eloquently put it, we are all just walking each other home.
All of us. Together. Regardless of where we are born, regardless of our color, regardless of our religion or of our political leanings. We are all children on this Earth together, walking one another home.
Remember that the next time, before you decide to condemn someone to death with your words. Let us never be so arrogant that we believe we can make ourselves judge and executioner. Pause and empathize, take time to consider and choose love.
If you read this far, thank you. This is not meant as an attack on anyone; my heart is just broken by the carelessness of words and hatred that I heard today.