What are we here for? It’s the question that we have contemplated since the beginning. We can fool around with different ideas or just go through the motions without ever considering the consequences of our decisions. We influence those around us with every action we take and everything we say, and actions are born from a single seed of the mind.
We are the leaders of this world – you, me and every adult that is alive. We have the power to stop the cycle of violence that seems to be happening in the world – we do. Police have made drastic decisions based on aggression and fear, and young men have acted carelessly and with resistance. The levels of complexity have risen on both sides. Any one of us can become outraged by just turning on the television, because no one should be getting shot, no matter how you look at it. Somewhere along the way, we let the wrong ideas in.
As we move forward to an always unknown future, we can choose what we want to think about. How should we speak to our children, our girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives? Do we really want to stir up an intense conversation about some unnecessary violence that has occurred, and with a raging ferocity, describe what we would do if we were in a similar situation? Imagine the confusion that a child might experience when trying to understand such things. We are all children in a way, capable of learning and growing and changing. But is this the way we really want to shape our future?
We need to prepare ourselves for anything, and that will never change. But maybe the best thing we can do to fight back against all the chaos is not to ignore what is happening by forfeiting our right to free speech, but instead to try and spread influence in ways that will bring peace to ourselves and all those around us. The destruction of our spirit can happen with rapid intensity, like a blazing fire that has engulfed a once peaceful home and obliterated all life within.
Together, we can create a positive change that will soon integrate into places beyond our own lives. Talk about current events, know and try to understand what is happening, but don’t let these kinds of discussions destroy you. Rather than pound the table with your fist, tell yourself that it is just not worth it. Instead, turn to your girlfriend and tell her you love her, just because you wanted to see her smile. Call your husband and ask him if he wants to go out later, and then put yourself together like it is your first date. Speak to your children with love time and time again, and never stop. Our influence travels throughout our lives like a cool, calm breeze or a devastating and unrelenting storm, and it will eventually be felt by everyone.