So, are you truly ready any time, any place, for anything?
The news, talk, and comments today are focused around the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The perpetrator appears to be a white male. Some preliminary statements about his manifesto appear to indicate he supports President Trump, among others. I take all of this initial information with a giant block of salt. Many, many stories and articles initial information now days are proved to be false. Distractions. People taking advantage of a situation, in this case a despicable act, to push their personal agenda, opinion or disinformation.
So, what it brings to me is this:
Are you ready? Any time? Any place?
Are you ready to be attacked by someone you may deem to be 'like you' - same race, color, neighborhood, religion?
There was a shooting in the United States in a Jewish Synagogue recently. A few years back, one in a church in Texas.
There is an escaped convict on the loose in our area right now, so we are extra vigilant. He's white, tattooed and known to take hostages. So far, he hasn't committed murder, that we know of. He escaped with a police cruiser after he drove it off while handcuffed. He has nothing to lose. For all we know he may be long gone or holed up with someone hostage in the area. Are we ready? We try to be. Now instead of just stepping outside of the house armed on my own, I have Frank with me. Four eyes are better than two.
The world continues to get dicier, closer to the edge, more aggressively divisive. I don't think all the votes in the world will save us from an all out, mass violent storm that will sweep the world into a chaos of our own making.
Don't trust anyone.
DON'T TRUST ANYONE.
ANY TIME. ANY PLACE. ANY ONE.
If you are in a building, church, parking lot, your front yard, your child's school yard, there could be the next attack. It's not personal, for most victims are total strangers.
The world is crying out in anguish for the condition we have brought it to. It's not the first time, and it won't be the last. It's just our turn.
It's very difficult to be 'on' all the time. To be ready all the time. I did not have the honor of being in the military due to my hearing, but I can only imagine what it must be like to be 'on' all the time. It is exhausting and wears you down. But......
Any time. Any place. It could be your turn. Are you ready?
Until next time - Fern