This morning my world got a pretty big jolt of bad energy flow through it. Las Vegas, what I love to call my home away from home, was the scene of what is now the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States of America last night. I couldn’t believe what I was reading on my phone at 4:25am when I woke up and to be honest, I’m still in shock right now. How could this happen? I mean, I know how this could have happened, but I guess the better question is why? The question that is swimming in my proverbial magic 8-ball of jumbled thoughts is something to the effect of “How could anybody have any sort of hatred in their heart for a fellow human being to take their lives? At least 50 innocent lives taken and over 400 innocent people injured because of a grudge over something that at this time in the morning we just don’t know yet.” It’s so stupid. Hatred is just dumb. Negativity is just dumb. Sure I have dislikes for things that go against products and sports teams that are rivals to said things, but never in my life have I ever thought of violence against these things or the people who support them. Hell, even counter ideologies to my beliefs, yes I get frustrated with close minded people, bigots, racists, and all others who at least try to push their conformist agenda towards, but never have I EVER thought of inflicting violence towards anybody else for simply not believing that they should live their lives according to MY rules. I do know, however, that there are a lot of these types of people who are now and have been for a while now who have been coming out of their hiding places and spreading their ideology of hatred under the veil of racism, homophobia, and general bigotry and are being empowered to act on their hatred and to be honest, it’s scary. It’s scary to think that something like what happened in my beloved city of Las Vegas can happen anywhere.
What can we do about it? Ban guns? Sure, we can. Will that stop the negativity? No. People will find other ways to turn their hatred into violence and we’ll still have massive loss of life. What we need to do first is embrace love. Love is the thing that defeats hate. People need to learn to love and accept their neighbor. People are different. They are going to have different beliefs than you do. People are going to pray to different deities than you do. People are going to like different music than you do. People are going to have a different skin tone than you do. Hell, they may even be sexually attracted to people of their same gender while you do not! And you know what? ALL OF THAT IS OK! Love and acceptance. That’s what we need.