It is sad to say that this great tragedy only adds to a long list of similar terrible acts that have been committed over the years. Some of them have been acts of terror, while others have been acts of the insane or unstable. No matter, horrid events such as the Orlando massacre have driven many people to cry for reform, largely communicating through social media about what should be done to prevent the acts of violence. Many have argued for more highly regulated gun laws, while others say that more people ought to carry guns to be able to defend themselves and others. This article is not a political one, and I do not write this in an attempt to take a stance either way, rather, I hope to inspire you to think beyond the exterior. I plead with you to briefly lay down your rants. If only for a moment, cast aside your opinions and look around you at the world.
Examine the throes of our existence: Hatred, slander, bullying, violence, murder, terrorism, war...the list could go on. So where does the root of all these problems lie? Some would say religion is to blame and I resent such a claim. While some religions are inherently violent, others are simply twisted to be used as a vehicle for evil agendas. Still others say that weapons of destruction are responsible for our struggles. Instruments such as guns, bombs, and other devices of slaughter. Yet these devices, like religion, are not the cause of our strife. Instead, I assert that they are simply abused and misused vehicles for the campaigns of men. Remove these vehicles and men will still lie and wait in the dark to murder his helpless victim. Humans will send arrows through the vitals of their fellow humans, and governments will build catapults to wage war on the cities of their declared enemies. I say all of this to provoke a thought: What if the problem lies within the hearts of mankind?
Let us look to our own hearts. Perhaps you have never murdered a person or cut down a helpless multitude. Perhaps you have never bullied a person or plotted to act violently against another. However, we all share something with the people who have done these kinds of things. We have lied and we have hated. We have put our own interest before others and have not always loved our neighbor as ourselves. We as a species are given to corruption. While for some this corruption may have deeper roots and a more terrible outworking, we must not ignore the commonality of hatred that each of us are capable of. This thought is a somber one, and I hope that it drives us to deeper self examination.
I want to propose no solution other than this: Seek after truth. Do not stop at the simple answers and do not stop at the quick fixes that are so tempting. The Orlando massacre is a tragic example of the evil that humanity is capable of. This should drive us to seek after truth with an even greater vigor than before. We ought to leave behind our bias and ban together as a community to show support for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Let us insure that their deaths do not become merely more politically charged rhetoric but a call for true introspection and meaningful conversation.