Who are you? This seems like a straight forward question right? I want to take this time to, in a way, dissect that question. Most of know who we think we are, but is that the case all the time every day? Do your reactions to the world around you change based off your mood?
Lately we have seen a lot of news media harping on the whole white on black trend. Does that come down to racism or something more? Some of you may have seen a post I shared recently on the CRRT Facebook page. In the post you hear the guy basically say racism isn’t real, people are just assholes. I think that is the case a lot of the time. All people should be treated as your equal and only judged of their direct actions. This covers race, religion, sexual preference, so on and so forth. It’s simple; do unto others as you would want done unto you. That homeless guy on the corner may not just be some drunk. You don’t know his/her past so why pass judgment.
Lots of people say they love their country and would do anything to protect it. I hear people referring to themselves as patriots’, guardians of the country, and all the other shit they come up with. What do most do, in any way, to affect the country and make the world a better place? I’m not talking about paying your taxes and voting. I mean what do you really do to help this country and help those around you. What do you do to help and defend those who have sacrificed for the better good?
Now I know I’m painting with a pretty broad brush right now, but my point is simple. If you want to see a better country for your children, then make it. Help support those fighting the good fight. Help out at a VA. Volunteer to help those who have lost. Donate a few bucks to organizations that are out there. I have been in some bad spots in my life. Ive gone through some serious depression. Looking back it was minor and petty in the grand scheme of things, but I know what it feels like to have people there to pull me through and get me back on track. Everyday you should be ready to be that person for the people around you. Don’t pass judgment without the whole story because you could be the final straw to that person.
We all have lives and responsibilities. I’m not saying you need to quit your job and go active duty or donate your whole paycheck every week. Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that can change the world. The biggest point I want to drive home is don’t be part of the problem with this country, be the difference. Be the good Samaritan and stop and help the people that were just in a car accident. Be the shoulder to cry on for the widow. Be the ear for the person who just needs to talk. Be a true American.