Another tragedy…this time bigger than the last.
Massacre. Death. Insanity.
The world gone crazy. The world gone mental. The world…gone.
Here’s where the solutions we must create meet their destiny.
But we can’t go about answering our questions with solutions we never get around to.
Legislation isn’t the answer. Writing better songs won’t fix this. Thinking about change won’t ever change anything.
The answer lies in old wisdom. Ancient truth for a new day. Past solutions for present problems. The deeper rooted issue lies in the refusal we have to own up to our own humanity and our own brokenness.
Action. Not theory.
But only action can change the world, not theory.
Darkness must be overcome by something that illuminates.
So here I propose a solution.
You won’t like it. It will create fear in you. You and I are both going to have to act somehow.
But it can’t be individually or this won’t work.
We are going to have to get into each others lives. We are going to have to care more than we currently do.
A human… disturbed, unrooted, unconnected, and lonely. These aren’t the only problems, but naming a few of the symptoms may indicate the solutions we need to create.
A human… unfriended. unknown. and under some strange delusion… did this.
We don’t want to believe he was human. We want to label him somehow… but somehow we can’t label him.
And so, we shift the conversation to a narrative we are more comfortable with. But this only skirts the issue.
Know Your Neighbor
We don’t know each other.
We don’t know each other.
And so we cannot love someone we do not know.
We grasp for ourselves. We fight only for the ones in our immediate sphere of influence. But we forget that our sphere includes our neighbor. Not our hypothetical neighbor. Not our theoretical neighbor.
Our actual neighbor.
We don’t know our neighbor and so we cannot love our neighbor.We don't know our neighbor and so we cannot love our neighbor. Click To Tweet
And when our neighbor goes out as an individual and creates chaos, destroys life, and inflicts tremendous evil and pain upon our other neighbors, we are shocked.
But should we be?
We don’t know our neighbor. And so our neighbor creates something evil.
This can’t be. But oh, what if it was?
I could go on about all the hypothetical ways in which we could learn to know our neighbors in order to love them. But I would be remiss.
The solutions we must create must involve us walking out our door, knocking on our neighbors door, initiating conversations, forging relationships, and creating connections that we have not yet formed.
The solutions we must create must be done by us because we are the ones living out here in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our homes.
The hard work of relationship building is the key to unlocking the illumination that we must set before the darkness and expose its evil.
Love your neighbor. We say we believe this. But we don’t even know them.
How can you love your neighbor if you do not even know them?
The solution we must create? Know Your Neighbor. Invite the stranger into your home. Feed them. Clothe them. Love them close up.
Proximity first. Only then can you love. Only then do we have a chance.Proximity first. Only then can you love. Only then do we have a chance. Click To Tweet
We all have work to do.