“Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood.”
We forget that just because a person is not bleeding or physically wounded that they are hurt, have been hurt, or are hurting.
We forget that wounds can be inflicted with our words and our actions. The things we say, or don’t say. Or the things we do, or don’t do.
Violence does not always have to take the form of 50 lives taken, and 53 injured, to inflict wounds.
This was the climax. This was the culmination of factors gone unaddressed by we the people.
Violence lies in hatred and intolerance.
Violence lies in belief systems that reject the way of life many have not chosen to live, but just live.
Violence lies in the silence of allies in the face of their family and friends who stand with the opposition.
Wounds are inflicted each time we refuse to address the venomous language and the dehumanization of people living within our community, our society, and our world. The very world we the people have created for ourselves. The very society we the people have created for ourselves.
Wounds are inflicted each time we refuse to act. Wounds are inflicted each time we refuse to speak out.
We the people have created an environment where our silence and our apathy allows for someone to shed blood and steal breaths. We the people are guilty of listening to two sides of an argument. We the people listen because we are too afraid to invalidate arguments that invalidate belief systems. We the people preach inclusivity where everyone’s ideas are welcome. As a result, assault weapons are acquired, and those that are dying listen to the pop of bullets hitting their bodies wondering if their screams, if their last breaths are valid enough arguments to trigger change. We the people preach inclusivity, and yet we place those existing outside our definition of “normal” in a casket, in a hole in the ground and we vow to never let it happen again.
This is umpteenth time promises of change have been made, from politicians sending prayers after passing policies that preach exclusivity. How many holes do people have to withstand before there is no more room in the ground to dig holes? We the people have gun powder, blood and guilt on our hands. Our time clock on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is running out. We the people have a choice to make, and remember to actively do nothing IS a choice.