This is going to be a short post, for me, at least. It may seem more like a rant to you. At the end of the day, we have but one question to ask ourselves. To create or to not create; that is the question, Cupcake.
I am tired of people hurting other people, and blaming it on someone else. For instance, a person kills and injures 264 people when he detonates a bomb during an iconic marathon. Attorneys and the media are quick to blame his mother for her teachings and her hatred of America. When a young man kills people in a movie theater, people want to blame his therapist and professors for not helping him enough. When teenagers opened fire on their own classmates, bullies were blamed for the senseless killing. In schools, when a student fails, the teachers are blamed.
I could continue, but the list is endless. So are the excuses. Don’t get me wrong; I want to know why people do the things they do just as much as anyone else. However, explanations should not mean exoneration. And I have four questions on all of this.
1) Why do we keep blaming “others” for someone’s actions?
2) Why are we surprised at repeated “bad” behavior (understatement here) when it gets a ton of television time and the criminals reach superstar status overnight?
3) In the words of the late Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” Why are we so hellbent on not just hurting each other, but violently hurting each other?
4) As a society, are we creating something good by these actions, or destroying something good?
CREATE OR DESTROY
I am not saying people do not have the right to be angry about things. I am saying that they are managing their anger or other negative emotions well. We can choose to create something, like a domino stack/design, which usually takes imagination, love, time, work, perseverance, and patience. We can choose to destroy something, like the domino stack, which is usually much, much easier. Inevitably, the choice is ours to make, either way. Just as the choice was theirs.
We are human. By our own hands, we create, or we destroy. And destroying something is not the same as creating something else. Destroying something is giving the opportunity for creation; it is not a promise of creation. Click To Tweet
Create or destroy. This is what we do. I have chosen to create a blog where people can come and hopefully smile every now and then. I choose to take responsibility for my thoughts as I create my sentences, and I hope to create a space for others here, as well.
And right now, I encourage you to decide: are you going to create something, or destroy something? Can you create something to make our world a better place? Can you create something to make you a better version of your cupcake self?