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Open Our Ears and Hearts

I am so, so very sad. Our country is in serious trouble. Americans are suffering on multiple levels. Many were barely earning enough to pay their basic living expenses before the pandemic which then caused illness in unprecedented numbers and record-breaking levels of unemployment. And now we are seeing rioting, looting, and destruction of property and even life.


I’m so sad and disturbed that


- Racism continues. Our country was founded on the promise of equality but the reality always has been otherwise.

- Let’s make an honest effort to treat one another with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.

- George Floyd’s life was snuffed out by a cruel police officer while other officers failed to stop him.

- As a country, let’s demand all those in roles of authority treat everyone with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.

- Good police officers who truly serve and protect suffer the backlash caused by bad cops.

- Let’s treat police officers and those in roles of authority with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.

- Towns that strive to provide clean, inviting shopping districts for patrons are being defaced by graffiti. And shop owners who labor long hours and invest personal finances to provide employment and items for sale to their neighbors suffer destruction and looting by rioters.

- Let’s assist these towns and shop owners with cleanup and patronage treating all owners and employees with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.

- Protestors who attempt to declare an important message and prompt positive change are being sabotaged by violent, terrorist thieves.

- Let’s honestly listen, strive to understand the protestors’ issues, and treat peaceful protestors with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.

- Innocent people are brutalized and even killed by rioters caught up in chaotic frenzy.

- Let’s lookout for and protect one another and treat everyone with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.


2020 is progressing as a trying year, for sure. But there also are so many lessons to be learned. Problems don’t vanish without being attended to. The longer problems are ignored, the greater the frustration and response. Let’s strive to open our ears and hearts to one another and treat everyone with compassion, respect, and equality regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or age.


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Why We Suffer? Check out my post on Mary K Doyle Books.


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