Let me start off this post by saying that I have a soft heart. I certainly don’t look like that, but those who know me well know this is true. I feel for humans and animals in need and I make a conscious effort to try and help in any way possible. I am lucky enough to have been born into a safe 1st world country and a family that doesn’t struggle and if I can do a bit to make someone’s life better, I will do it.
The level of impact that sad stories have on me has multiplied by a hundred since I’ve had my little man. I feel much more grief for children who live in fear or poverty and for families that cannot afford what we consider normal everyday necessities. And above all, my heart breaks for parents who lose their children.
Last week, we witnessed one of many stories that should serve as a reminder and a warning of what this world has become. Being hated on because of beliefs, race, religion, gender or any other separating factor, cannot and should not be tolerated anywhere around the world. These 50 people are dead because of their sexual preference. Just think about it for a second – they are dead because of who they loved. There are a hundred parents in this world that lost their children because they didn’t conform to what extremists view as normal.
Do you know the rainbow flag? Here is my recreation of it with products I love. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community.
A wise person once said – if your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion. I think that we should expand that thinking to everything, regardless of religion. There is no need for hate. There is no need for bullying. A the saying goes – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
I wish for a world where we would all be safe and loved. A world I would be happy to introduce to my child. A world without fear and hatred. And I don’t allow myself to think it’s too much to ask for.