Do you remember how your spirit reacted immediately following, and then during several weeks after the World Trade Centers in New York City were destroyed with tragic loss of many, innocent American lives? Think about it. Recall your emotions. Now…
Did cultural, socio-political, economic, gender, or even political correctness issues make you pause and differentiate one loss life from another?
What was your Pulse like?
A few days after that unexpected attack on the United States of America, on an early Saturday morning, I made a wrong turn on my way from downstate to upstate NY, and inadvertently had the “opportunity” to drive through the World Trade Center devastation. I saw a ghost town with emergency service personnel and vehicles locked in isolation, fires still smoldering, and a manifestation of unnecessary destruction. I witnessed and felt a personal sense of loss and understood the evil that all too often lurks in some human beings who feel that their politics are fueled by, and religiously sanctioned by, taking the lives of people they never would know.
I was forced to measure and embrace my Pulse.
A while ago, Americans, supported by a majority of world cultures and global beliefs, had to put in perspective another dastardly act where the lives of 49 people were taken in a cowardly and despicable shooting in Orlando, Florida.
What was your Pulse then?
All too often, dark acts of violence are recessed to the farthest parts of our consciousness. However, I am one who believes that
Evil must be confronted in a conscious, deliberate, and non-forgetful manner.
What is your Pulse regarding Orlando United?!
What is your Pulse about other unnecessary attacks on police officers, African Americans especially Black males, the mentally challenged?
Here it is in photographs from my last week’s trip to Orlando, FL. A purposeful trip to lay my brother's cremains to final rest after a year existing in my home.
My two cents to you?
Keep a deliberate sense of your Pulse...do not forget...value what is important to your Pulse.
And respond accordingly.
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