With all the strain that the tensions in Ferguson are causing near and far I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are all the same with just a few minor variances. No matter our backgrounds, bank balances, education levels, family history, traumas, hopes, dreams, or memories: we are all the sum of millions of cells making up tissues which in turn make up organs and ultimately a body. We are all the same bag of guts really. It is the same spark of humanity we all carry. So why would one bag of guts hate another bag of guts so much that they would intentionally inflict harm upon them? I know that it is hard to remember that we are all the same especially when it comes to such a passionate issue as fairness. Because that’s really what I see when I watch the news lately and it’s not just in Ferguson.
One person is killed in a carjacking… why? Because the vandal didn’t think it was fair that the victim had something he wanted so he took it. A building gets burned down in an arson… why? Because the owner didn’t think it was fair that he pays so much for insurance on the building yet his bank account isn’t as full as he would like. On Friday there will inevitably be news about fights breaking out in stores… why? Because someone grabbed the last barbie/video game/insert-random-material-object-here as another person reached for it.
In this time of giving thanks remember to be thankful for your struggles as well as the blessings. It is the battles we all fight, both big and small, that make us stronger and thrive. I know this is a strange message but I feel that it is one that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. That being said I wish happiness on everyone today and for the future.