I know all of blog world is writing about the terrible stuff that went down in Orlando over the weekend. It makes me physically ill to think about it – to even have to sit here and read or think about it.
There is an unbelievable amount of hate and violence in this world – and to think, this is the world that we are throwing our children into. I have never really understood what it is like to hate someone or a group of people so much that I would take their life. I just can’t wrap my head around that kind of feeling.
It makes me so sad that this is the world my child will have to grow up in — this country, where one of our presidential candidates cultivates hate. Where he wants to ban an entire religious group for the actions of a few crazy ones, where he wants to say someone can’t do his job effectively because of his heritage, and he wants to build giant walls. (I don’t care who you’re voting for, he is fucking crazy). It makes me sad that people harbor the kind of hate where you will walk into a church full of people of a different color and open fire, or where you will walk into a night club, a place for fun and dancing, and kill fifty 50 people, because they are gay. Where we want to ban refugees for wanting to flee their war-torn countries where they are being starved and murdered, and we become immune to seeing dead children washed ashore.
Sheffield will not be raised in a household where hate is tolerated. He will never have to worry about coming to his parents to tell them anything. I can’t imagine growing that kind of hatred into a child of mine – he will never hear a hateful word from me or his father about someone, because they are different than us. He will grow up with love and tolerance in his heart — that innocence that he has now will not be tarnished. He will grow up learning about different cultures (did you know that some schools want to ban children from even learning about the Islam faith?!?!), because with learning, comes understanding.
I have nothing else to say –I hope that enough people will engrain the simple message above into their children that eventually these events will dwindle and become zero. There is no reason for it. None.
(comments turned off, because this post was mainly for me to vent it out)