The need for tolerance, understanding and sensitivity is at a critical point in our society and world right now - this very minute!!! Such is the illustration of events in Ferguson, MO, the status of our political acumen, the middle east and across this world in general. How is it that we as a people refuse to learn from all the violence and unrest that besieged our citizenry and society to yet repeat over again and again?
Why is it that people of color and those economically challenged must relive the experience of insensitivity by those with privilege and obsessive power? When can we just say enough already - stop the madness and dammit leave us alone!! The abuse of power and blatant disrespect of fellow human beings is extremely disheartening 50-plus years after so many activists in our country fought and died for simple equity and equality of life and its opportunities. When do we reach a point where differences in race, gender, religion or orientation not be a measurement by which I or people like me are judged and/or are mistreated because of them.
The strides and accomplishments made have been great - yet the irreverence of intolerance by still so many does tend to overshadow those accomplishments. This is why sensitivity, respect for life and open/genuine dialogue must and has to be practiced as a norm/on the regular. It is the least we can/should do for the generations of young people who did not experience our past pain to yet now have to experience it in this new world that we are living. Changed behavior is about learning from our past mistakes - like the saying goes - when will we ever learn???