Sunday Reflection IX

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
— Norman Vincent Peale

Brothers & Sisters,

This was a rollercoaster of a week. Lots of good & lots of stress to send my mind into a twist. Alas, here on Sunday evening we're all here and living our lives. That's not enough for me though, I want more. There are some things that I'm still grappling with from this past week that I've been dwelling on for the past few days.

I would love for someone to explain to me what gain someone gets out of spreading hatred and profanity towards other people. Baseless facts, misleading statements shrouded in what presents as an opinion, scorn towards others, I could go on and on. This has always been happening since the dawn of time, but I feel as if social media and the internet has given hatred the amplifier it didn't need.

I wish that people would just slow down and think before they say something or post something. Ask yourself if what you're about to do might impact someone in a profoundly negative way. If the response is yes, I will venture to say that you should just keep that thought in your head and not let it escape. Or perhaps use that brain and rearrange that statement into something productive. I've always wondered what is happening in the mind of someone that feels the need to share their hostility with the world or an individual. Whatever happened to treating each other equally? Is the media to blame? Maybe. But at the end of the day isn't it on each of us to decide what to share and believe? I'm unsure if I think that some people just don't have a filter. Instead, they just don't stop and think about what they're doing for long enough to realize what they are doing. Where has logic and reason gone? Now that we're capable of living behind a computer screen and a keyboard we can be anyone we want to be and not care what others think about what we say. For me, this is a painful transformation that humanity has gone through and we ought to find our way back or at least to a happy medium.

For now what I can do is make sure that I'm composed and thoughtful with my words and actions. Hopefully, that will wear off on those around me that might struggle with their filters. This past week I witnessed so much anger (and rightfully so) but also so much hate that went beyond wrath. I really just want us all to endeavor to be better to each other in all aspects of our lives. Could you imagine how much good someone could do if they turned that resentment into positivity? The world would be a different place.

Yours,
Jeff

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