Thursday, December 03, 2015

MADNESS: 14 Dead at Social Service Center in San Bernadino

My worst fear that the attack would be terrorism by an indigenous Middle Eastern person(s), born here basically undetectable. It is my worst fear because I worry for those of Middle Eastern extraction who will be swept up with one brush of hostility, accusation, and discrimination of innocents especially by those on the right wing extremist part of our political spectrum which in our time is increasingly the majority of the Republican Party.

We still do not know if the shooter who was employed by the Social Service Center had a workplace grievance. For some it will not matter as the name will confirm all their prejudgements and hate. We of good will must be slow to judgment and all must learn somehow in some way to live together.

As JFK said in his commencement speech at American University, June 10, 1963:

"... So, let us not be blind to our differences — but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

To that I say Amen!