Have you ever felt that to acknowledge a problem that you first have to have the answers?
I know I have. When I don't understand, when I can't see the silver lining, when senselessness makes no sense in no way, I often ignore problems, stay silent, or divert to things I feel like I understand.
The truth is I feel helpless in the face of doubt because I have often felt the pressure of making things right and believing that the world in general is good.
The more vulnerable I have become, the more I have realized that the world is full of problems that I don't understand. It is so easy to sweep it under the rug or even play the devil's advocate.
But today I want to say, I don't understand. I don't understand the police shootings and brutality. I have watched the videos, and I don't understand. I don't know what it is like to be in the black community. I don't know what it is like to be a police officer. I don't know what happens in the moments from life to death. I don't know. I am not going to pretend that I know. I don't.
All I know is that lives have been lost, pain and voids have been left for family members to deal with, and our communities are left more broken.
I don't have the answer, but I can surely see there is a problem. People are hurting, and I hurt for them.
I can't fix the problem, but I will work to find out how to be a solution where I am and how I can.
What about you? Would you be vulernable this week and acknowledge even the things you don't understand and don't have the answers to?
Maybe this is what I am feeling ~ He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. - MLK JR (thanks to my sister Maria Morris for sharing this)