There is a lot to be upset about these days. Most people do not feel that their needs are being addressed. The world is suffering from loss of life, many infections, overworked first responders, and in many cases frozen economies. It’s scary and freaks anonymous freaks us, not surprisingly.
Wars are conflicts caused by acts of violence. However, physical violence is not always the case. Conflicts can be cultural or religious. They can be of class, race or socioeconomic status. Individuals face personal conflicts as a result of their position in the world and feel powerless and hopeless. How did we get to the point where we are so volatile?
Let’s think back to the history of fights or conflicts that endangered the country. Slavery has affected many and the genetic trauma. Segmentation is still something that lies ahead. Last week I saw a story about an African American delivery man being assembled by people representing a white community homeowners association. How about a Olive Garden manager who was burned because a guest did not want a black server and the manager submitted the customer ‘s request.
Going forward, our country dealt with women’s rights. Women do less than men doing the same jobs. The country is torn apart by the health and reproductive rights of women, all sides fighting it in the courts. We are the richest and most powerful country in the world, and yet, we have never had a female president, and the number of women in Congress is not representative of the population.
The LGBTQ community only got the “right” to marry in 2015. We have values superimposed on each other and pass them on as a way to save our country. Why does oppression run as a protective act? How are we so good at masquerading hate for acts of sacrifice for the common good?
Those who do not and those who do not, those who have access to education and those who do not. We are tackling food insecurity where 1 in 6 children are hungry. Food banks are currently finding ways to feed the people most at risk and the number of households served has increased exponentially.
Yes, there is war in our culture, but we are not all fighting in the same war. What war / conflicts are you fighting in your life? How do you deal with the negativity we face on a daily basis? Where is your own discrimination shown as a tipping point for your actions?