I've been feeling pretty down as of late... I spent an afternoon in the glorious sunshine contemplating the reasons behind my melancholy and I've put it down to me not being able to leave the past alone, various anniversaries that have come and gone recently and college/university anxiety.
Instead of obsessing over the things I cannot change, I have to remind myself to focus on what I CAN: my attitude. My mindset. My energy. Negativity only brings bitterness, disharmony, chaos and poisonous rhetoric. We don't need any more of that in the world.
It's a shame that in 2013 we still have to remind our people not to seek vigilante justice, not to stereotype others, not to seek vengeance or try to demonize entire groups of people. We haven't come far at all.
Blaming an entire ethnic group for the actions of two young men has no rational basis.
A lot of people can't seem to understand that there is a difference between "Muslim" and "terrorist".
I don't blame all Christians for the actions of Scott Roeder or Eric Rudolph or Tim McVeigh.
Adam Lanza was a white person. Should all white people be blamed for his actions?
Christopher Dorner was African-American. Should we blame all African-Americans for what he did?
To blame all Muslims for the actions of a few is as ridiculous as it is unacceptable.
We need to start blaming the individual - or the immediate group, i.e. Al Qaeda or The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord... and not the religion or ethnicity or gender as a whole.
Most Muslims are not terrorists. Just as most Christians are not terrorists. Just as most white people are not terrorists. Just as most African-Americans are not terrorists.
Jesus said "Judge not, lest ye be judged". Maybe you should follow that advice. Oh, and for the record: Jesus had darker skin than either one of these men. Food for thought.
I'm an atheist and I don't like defending any religion... but I feel I have to in this instance. People are being absurd.