So, here’s what’s important… This is what this tragedy & loss teaches us, to value human life. That’s all I learned. That’s what I took away from Ground Zero. Life is short and uncertain, value it. Maybe our countries worst enemy, is the fact that we don’t value human life. Continued from What We Remember – September 11th (Part 1)
How many times have we heard about the “Sanctity of life”? if you have not, go ahead and Google it… You will probably find something about abortion, maybe a pro life group. That’s not all I’m talking about.
When you hear the phrase Sanctity of life I hope you don’t limit it to the unborn. When you hear pro-life I hope you don’t only mean within an abortion clinic… Do you see those girls walking down the street before they got pregnant? It’s a real question. Would you know why they got there? Have you done anything to better their lives, beyond protest the only choice they thought they could make? If you stand against abortion I am thankful, because abortion almost cost me my life. And my parents choosing to keep me by some miracle, though they were taught in school that abortion was just another form of birth control, is something I am very aware of and very thankful for. But valuing life… it does not stop there.
No. I am talking about knowing the value of human life, and not being de-sensitized by everything around us, in society, tagged #YOLO or in the media, that would make death trivial… and everything that would allow us to take people for granted. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief and let yourself off the hook, saying “I’m good, I tell my parents/children/significant others I love them everyday.” That’s not all. First because, it’s beyond telling someone. And it’s not about the 10-50 people closest to you. It’s about how you feel about your neighbors, especially if your neighbors don’t live your lifestyle. If your neighbor is a yuppy, a redneck, a gangsta’, a blue collar family struggling to keep the lights on or with struggles you know not of, an elitist, a liberal, a right wing fundamentalist, Democrat, Tea Party, a single hard working parent on welfare, a hick, a biker, or an immigrant. Do you value their life? Can you value life beyond looking down on their lifestyle and choices?
Think about it, be hard on yourself. It’s not supposed to be us and them. If a tragedy happens, we may suddenly notice, but would we care about those lives otherwise? Lets not get into Jesus’ stance on war, throwing around wild phrases like “love your enemies”. Let’s start with finding love for those closest to us – our family, our significant others, figuring out how to show it. Then let’s pull down our stereotypes and learn to… Well, I won’t even get into love, let’s just start with acceptance, tolerance for those around us.
If your neighbor is a yuppy, a redneck, a gangsta’, a blue collar family struggling to keep the lights on or with struggles you know not of, an elitist, a liberal, a right wing fundamentalist, Democrat, Tea Party, a single hard working parent on welfare, a hick, a biker, or an immigrant. Do you value their life? Can you value life beyond looking down on their lifestyle and choices?
Let’s see people beyond our circles, beyond our clique, our class. Because unless you really are walking out the Gospel like a handful of people I’ve seen. You don’t need to pretend that America isn’t primarily stuck in a class system or in the same games they play in high school that keep the very poor in their place, a very separate place than the middle class. Even as the divide has lessened due to economy, we retain our stance, we are better then them…whoever they are. Don’t worry I am not trying to make you feed the poor or help the homeless. I am just hoping that it doesn’t take tragedy and war to bring us to the point where we see beyond the barriers of comfort, culture, race, education and lifestyle. See people. Value people who may not share your common interests. Look for love in your heart for them while you have the chance.
Don’t wait too long to do the important things, you never know when the world as you know it will change. #ChangeWillComeAsSureAsTheSeasonsAndTwiceAsQuick
September 11th happened when I was still forming a lot of how I view the world. The biggest impact it had on my life, was – Love the people you have today, don’t count on tomorrow. If they hadn’t died in the towers would I have cared about their life? I honestly don’t know. Do we care about the poor kids in school shootings before they happen? Are the people we actually do care about even aware that we do, do they know the difference between being loved…or not, by us? Take time this week… Not just this one day. Appreciate the people, the day you’re given before it falls apart. That’s what we need to Never Forget.