I wasn’t going to address the terrible tragedy that took place in Aurora, Colorado last Friday. I’m sure everyone has seen and read enough about this heinous crime than we care to. I don’t watch a lot of television, but I can pretty much guarantee that reporters, interviewers, and journalists along the likes of Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, the Today Show crowd, and the whole lot of them over at Fox News are keeping everyone up to speed with minute by minute updates and interviews. In fact, I bet you can’t even turn on the tv without being bombarded with gun control debates, the suspect’s bio, and his picture playing over and over again, how sorry everyone is that this happened and what we can do to prevent it from happening in the future. I’m not saying this horrific event isn’t worth reporting. I’m not even saying that we shouldn’t investigate into the mind of this obviously disturbed and some would say “terrorist” of an individual. I am saying that in light of this senseless act, the media shit storm that follows really irks me. It all becomes sensationalized and political. So much so that I feel we often tend to forget that precious lives were lost and we focus more on how the suspect ‘appeared’ to look in court, who’s representing him, what their angle of defense will be, and how ‘movie-like’ his booby-trapped apartment is.
Should there be stricter gun control laws? Is it constitutional? Would an increase in laws make an impact in the reduction of these types of crimes? What about the mental health crisis we have here in the US? How can we help these people? More drugs? How about the justification of the violent and disturbing video games/movies our youth are continually exposed to?
Is it me or do you find it difficult to comprehend the fact that this:
MAY be more publicly acceptable in our society than this:
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel the problem is much much deeper than more laws and more drugs. The problem might lie in the continuation of war and hate and violence that seems to have taken hold of our country and our world. Even so, my love, prayers and thoughts go out to all the victims and their families. May they have light in this moment of darkness and may we work together to make our world a safe and peaceful place.
“The Paradoxical Commandments” were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders. They had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta, India. More info here.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001