Davis: The world I want to live in ...
I want to live in a world where people do not resort to violence and murder as a solution to their anger and the differences of opinion. Is my violence of voice more dangerous than the bullets from an assault rifle or a handgun? Maybe not in the short run, but in the long run we all shoot many types of bullets. The difference is that the bullets of temperament and thought can be corrected along the way, but once the bullets come out of guns they cannot be stopped along the way.
I want to live in a world where human life is precious, but not more precious than all other forms of life. Is it hypocritical to have others slaughter animals while you eat the meat from the animals they have butchered? Is life no longer precious if killing is an every day event?
I want to live in a world that does not look to war as the next step after failed diplomacy. Do we have to accept war as inevitable when countries and cultures cannot agree? How is it that after all of these millennia and centuries that humans have not figured out a way to solve our differences without killing each other? Is this something we have no control over?
I want to live in a world where killing is no longer glorified. Governments need to set the example and others will follow. It means we will have to evolve as humans and too many of us make too many of us believe that is impossible.
I want to live in a world where the political process is a reflection of what is best in the human spirit. Is it too much to ask that elected officials be the best among us? Is it too much to ask that we try to diminish the influence of money and power? Is it too much to ask that we try to change the political game in ways that matter instead of ways that only change appearances?
I want to live in a world where the laws and issues that form the basis of our society come from some place within all of us where sensibility and decency lie. That is too much to ask because we have become so cynical that we cannot believe such a thing could happen in a single lifetime. Do we have the collective will to try to make this kind of thing happen?
I want to live in a world where more is not better, where bigger is not better and more powerful and more destructive is not better. Because we do not live in that world yet we have to accept the fact that when governments kill people on a daily basis then people who feel compelled to lash out feel justified in using some of the same firepower as their government.
I want to live in a world where a racist, misogynistic, bully full of hate and anger cannot rise to the top of the political world because the people are too sensitive and sensible to allow that to happen. Until that happens we all live under the threat of having the worst of human traits be translated into the rule of law and the guide of diplomacy.
I want to live in a world that comes to realize that we don't need guns and weapons of mass destruction to be safe. We will never see that world in our lifetime, but taking small steps will help. The U.S. Constitution was not created as a document to justify mass killing.
I want to live in a world where we have not lost our way as badly as we have in the year 2016.
Richard Davis is a registered nurse. He writes from Guilford and welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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