1,000 Words: How we feel

It’s been a bad 24 hours for words.

  • John Dilligaf

    Pray

    • I have thought about this over the last day or so, of course.

      What do people pray for when they pray?

      It seems to me that it would ask for some sort of divine intervention, in which case the only prayer I can think to utter is, “Dear God, what are you doing?”

      • PaulJ

        I believe the theory is that God does not cause our suffering; rather, It consoles us in our pain. OTOH, the wiki page on theodicy is good too.

      • John Dilligaf

        What do I pray for? Peace, healing, consolation for the people of Dallas, the family and friends of Philando Castile, and that poor little 4 year old girl who witnessed the whole thing, the families of the officers who were shot, and for the country as a whole. We are messed up.

        • “Peace, healing, consolation.”

          That implies that the entity you’re praying to has the ability, if he/she/it so desires, to intercede to provide it. If that’s the case, why not intercede in the first place to prevent it?

          “Oh god, don’t let him be dead,” the woman in the car said yesterday. But he was dead. So sometimes the answer is “no.” Why?

          • John Dilligaf

            Somebody out there has a better answer than me. My official answer is “I don’t know.”

            Sometimes the answer is “no” and we don’t get to know why.

          • Maybe there’s no answer. Maybe nobody is out there listening.

          • John Dilligaf

            I had more typed, but it wasn’t right. It involved free will, sin, humility, forgiveness, but I couldn’t do it justice, so I gave up, deleted it and went to lunch. Some of my prayers have been answered spectacularly, bordering on the miraculous – others, not so much. I prefer to believe – your choice…

  • Mike Worcester

    It feels like it is reaching the point of not being able to say anything that has not been said already. And that is both sad and a bit frightening.

  • Jeff

    We need to stop running to our corners and really talk and really listen to one another and come up with realistic solutions to these problems…right now everyone just goes to their side, shuts out all other voices that might disagree with them. We need to work together to solve these problems and focus on the issues that really matter…we need criminal justice reform and how we accomplish that is up to us, by talking about it and having a back and forth conversation on all these issues.

    • Dude (Not Sweet)

      I think enough of us are hurting that we might be humble enough to listen to each other.

    • Susan WB

      I don’t often find myself on the same side of issues as Jeff, but on this one I wholeheartedly agree. We need to really listen to each other, and stop running to our sound-bite responses. Something has got to change.

  • lindblomeagles

    On March 3, 1991, Americans were shocked and horrified by the savage beating Rodney King received from Los Angeles Police Department cops. Recorded on video and replayed during the evening and morning news, Americans jarringly remembered the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, when similarly disarmed Black men (and women and children) were beaten by Police, bitten by Police dogs, and hosed by Firemen. African Americans, still angry, that Police refused to provide equal justice to them even after the inhuman, brutal, cruel treatment Police dished out to the 1960’s era of quiet Black protesters and humble marchers, erupted in unspeakable violence, desecrating parts of the City of Los Angeles. 25 years later, 25 years later, the police and Black community find themselves in the same place, having failed to be embarrassed and solutions oriented by the events of the 1960s, or the Rodney King Beating and Riot of 1991. The deaths of two innocent African American men in Louisiana, and our own state, Minnesota, at the hands of police, should have never occurred because we all know, ALL OF US, that too many Black men have already been killed by police under suspicious circumstances in Missouri, in South Carolina, in Oklahoma, in Ohio, in Illinois, in Maryland, AND IN MINNESOTA (RIP Jamar Clark). Likewise, the Dallas shooting, at the hands of people frustrated by cop shootings, should never have happened because we all remember Minnesota (Jamar Clark), Maryland (Freddie Gray), and Missouri (Michael Brown). And that both of these things, took place, IN ONE WEEK, shows how BLIND, IGNORANT, AND OBLIVIOUS we all have been in these United States. Our depth of dumbness goes further, when you add all the senseless mass shootings that we have allowed on our watch to go on, IN CONCERT with cop killings and over-bent revenge artists. We as a society may mourn, but that mourning doesn’t mean much if we keep burying our heads in the sand.