Some thoughts on today's happenings:
I don't have any clever lines. Even the smallest raindrop can erode the largest mountain if it keeps falling over and over again. I usually search for the funny, but this time I'm coming up empty.
I do however have some questions: With all of the surveillance that our government is doing on our citizens (according to guys like Snowden, and leaked docs), why aren't we better at stopping these things from happening? There are certainly behavioral patterns (like buying guns and "going off the grid") that we should be able to catch.
Yet, strangely enough, Santa Monica police thwarted an attempted terrorist attack here in Los Angeles early this morning. It's also interesting that the perp in this case was a white male. The news reports make it sound like luck based on a tip from a concerned citizen, but as an intelligent dude, I can't help but wonder:
Is there perhaps, something to gain from driving the narrative that terrorism is something exclusively of an Islamic and fundamentalist nature? Is it possible that our government is allowing these ones to "slip through" to create a sense of hate towards muslim/middle eastern people? Or perhaps that's the goal of these terrorists themselves? To ensure zero-doubt that those are the "bad guys?"
Look, I'm not a "conspiracy theory" guy, but regardless of what's truly driving this stuff, we have to be smart enough to quell that initial reaction of hatred towards that group of people.
There's no denying that we all have that initial reaction. It's been embedded into human DNA for thousands of centuries. If you need proof, know that the word and concept of WAR, was to definitively declare another "group" of any kind our "enemy."
I'm sure it's been said a million times, but we cannot let this mission succeed, no matter who the perpetrator is.
America is an idea, far more than a country, and an aspirational one at that. I think our concept is often more out of reach than it is a reality, but these are the times that we must be strong enough to reject those notions. We have to be smarter. We have to win.
Win by loving people based on who THEY are. Allow people to speak for themselves through their actions, and don't allow these crazed gunmen to speak for their culture on their behalf(s). As someone with many Persian and Middle Eastern people in my life, know that they hate this as much if not more than you and I.