There’s a lot made on the internet about how incredibly crazy 2020 has been for the world and for North America. And then last week we got to see the horrifying video of the extra-judicial execution of George Floyd, a Black man, in the US by police. This incident set off protests across the US and a lot of the rest of the world in solidarity. In the week+ since there has been non stop coverage of protests against police brutality being met with… police brutality and military level force. Conversations are beginning to be had about what societal reforms need to occur to bring about a peace that does not rely on the threat of violence by the state against the most vulnerable populations.
I am not religious but I come from a religious background and got a decent education. In the Bible, a passage in Luke 12 says roughly: To whom much is given, much is required.
In essence, if you have the privilege and the duty given to you to protect and serve people… you, above all, must be the most careful and the most gentle. Violence of any sort should be the last, infinitely sad, resort.
There is a lot of more intelligent, thoughtful, and yes, angry, discussion about this happening out on the internet. Read up. Perhaps we can come away from this with fewer people dying. I am going to be so much more depressed and disillusioned if we get out of 2020 without some serious growth.