There are few important things I have realized recently, not only in light of the very unfortunate Santa Barbara incident, but in my own experiences, and I would like to share with you all.
1. Pointing fingers at specific people or groups of people will not get us anywhere. It will do the opposite. Let’s not do that.
2. We are all problems and we are all solutions. Which one you will be is entirely up to you, but I hope we all try to be solutions.
3. A lot of people lash out and make generalizations because they are afraid. People are usually afraid for a reason. Before you lash back, please take a minute to be open minded and see where they are coming from. I have found that as long as you show/demonstrate to the person that you heard them and their feelings, they are more willing to listen to your side of the story. Even though you may not agree with what they have to say, show others the respect and maturity you would like to be treated with. They, and you, may be pleasantly surprised.
And that’s it! I hope it helps! Let’s work together and make our world a better and more equal place for everyone!