Social Tensions Not Getting Better Soon

Two troubling developments I heard about today:

A Unite The Right white nationalist rally is scheduled in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12. Not clear how many protestors and counter-protestors might show up, and what they plan to do. Whatever the plans may be, these things have a way of getting out of hand.

The Aug. 12 rally in Washington might fizzle or it might explode. Who knows? But it seems like a possible escalation of a similar white nationalist event in Charlottesville, VA, in summer 2017. That didn’t turn out so well.

I hope counter-protestors will consider NOT coming to Washington on Aug. 12, so as to avoid confrontation. Remember, it takes two to fight, and we really don’t need further violence or division in our society at this point.

In Chicago, 74 shootings reported this past weekend, with 12 dead, as reported today by Brian Williams on MSNBC. It is possibly the worst weekend for shootings ever in that great but troubled city.

Division and violence commonplace. Our culture and society are in trouble. (Just my opinion.) I said I was going to avoid writing about politics, and I’m holding to that. This isn’t about politics. It’s about the health of our American culture and society. The prognosis is uncertain.

— John Hayden


This post by another blogger ends with a thoughtful prayer. Click on “read more” to see the entire post and the prayer. It’s not very long.  — John

Life As I Understand It.

I was perusing MSN’s homepage, and I found a slideshow on war-torn Libya.  I could not help but be struck with a sense of awe while looking at this picture.  Take a moment and just look at the details.  Please.

In a world with so many modern advances– cancer research, clean energy, cell phones, and the Internet– I struggle with the idea that people feel the need to destroy cities and kill people to “win.”  Aren’t there more 21st Century ways of dealing with problems?  The destruction in this picture represents a total disregard for life and progress.  And what does all of this destruction accomplish?

The fact does not allude me that when and where we are born is not a choice.  I am lucky that my house is not one of the bombed apartments in this picture.  Right now, I have pumpkins and scarecrows in my yard.  I am celebrating autumn and anticipating Halloween…

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