The Fruit it Bears
“Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briars do not bear figs. A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit. And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do. (Matthew 7:15-20 GNBDK)
I am feeling incredibly worn out by all of the senseless bickering over what really is a simple issue. It is never ok to treat someone poorly. That preceding sentence, that one single line is what every debate over race, religion, nationality, gender, gender identity, orientation, wealth, ability, and any other status, ultimately boils down to. It is never ok to treat someone poorly.
Sure there might be times when it’s necessary, times when it can’t be avoided. It should never be something that’s considered acceptable. There is no circumstance in which suffering should be seen as anything but failure. To those that would endorse and promote suffering, to those that would defend and dissemble, obfuscate and justify, please just open your eyes.
Open your eyes and look at what you’re doing. Look at what you are actually accomplishing. See the world you are creating. Anytime someone looks upon someone else as being less deserving, of being less important, as a problem in need of fixing, as a person who should not – in whatever context – be allowed to simply be, everyone suffers.
The world is never made better by violence. This has never once happened in all of human history. Sure one can point to instances of violence that ended other, much worse violence. But winning a war doesn’t happen until the violence stops, that’s kind of the defining factor.
I’m really not looking forward to the fallout from this tragedy. Countless opinions and counterpoints. Every politician, news outlet and two bit pundit will no doubt attempt to spin the matter towards their own ideological leaning. Really the only thing anyone should take away from this is how very, very important it is to be good to one another. Even – and especially – the people we don’t like