Close the Gap

All common sense and decency has left our society and what we have left is a division without compromise or empathy and a close mindedness unwilling to give on anything regardless of the greater good. 

I have always been a strong supporter of law enforcement (almost to a fault at times) and tried to become a police officer but due to poor decisions when I was younger was unable to make that happen. Throughout my martial arts career I have trained many law enforcement members from the local level up to the federal level. With all this being said I will not hesitate to call out any law enforcement officer who crosses the line from enforcing the law to abuse of power and/or flat out breaking the laws they pledge to uphold. I believe the overwhelming majority of the law enforcement community are good people who chose this career for all the right reasons and I would never condemn the entire community based on the actions of a small percentage of bad actors within it.

For all the progress we have made it seems we have stepped back to a time where people are tired of being treated differently for the color of their skin, their religion, or anything else that makes them different from the majority. I constantly hear about the change that Dr Martin Luther King Jr was able bring and believe he has, however here we are 52 years after his death with many of the same issues. 

Now in small towns and major cities throughout the United States we have protest and marches pretty much daily with the intention of bringing attention and ultimately change and full equality for all people. Unfortunately with protest comes the opportunist who will take advantage of a situation with bad intentions which cast a dark cloud on an entire movement. As descent people who care and empathize with the struggles some go through just for the skin color they were born with or the conditions they were born into or a variety of other situations and reasons we should support these protest and also want and fight for these changes for the good of our society as a whole. 

Just like in the law enforcement community where the percentage of bad actors is small, the overwhelming majority of protesters fighting for equality for all are peaceful and they should not be grouped in with the bad actors. Protest needs to make people uncomfortable in order to effectively bring about change, while this may inconvenience some it’s not destructive or violent yet is often portrayed as so and in some cases met with force and violence. 

All everyone wants is to be treated fairly regardless of race, gender, financial status, and whatever other categories we are separated by to keep the division. Im not really sure why this is such a hard concept for so many to grasp yet there are still so many who feel superior based on these classifications and continue to look down upon, suppress, and vilify those they feel are inferior, or think differently than they do.      

Just like you don’t want to be grouped and/or categorized you shouldn’t group and/or categorize others. If you are going to call out someone you oppose, you should be willing to call out someone you support for the same offenses. It really doesn’t matter which side of the political isle you stand in, human decency should be paramount and people should come before politics. I would never condemn anyone for supporting a specific politician or party or ideology but if you venomously attack any who oppose you thats a different thing. We all have our own beliefs and values and this is good, however we all need to be respectful of each other and accept our differences. 

It’s really quite simple: Be who you are and let others be who they are, and treat everyone the way you like to be treated. 

Oh and by the way, you cant be a silent majority if you never shut the fuck up…..

Be nice

Peace 

Do Something…..

So the state of our nation, hell the world we live in is bothering you. Good that means you’re paying attention. But, that’s we’re it ends. Going on Facebook and posting your discontent and criticizing people who are out there trying to make a change (whether you believe in their cause or not) isn’t helping your cause. Hiding behind your computer and saying the cops are out of control, the rioters are animals, it’s racial, it’s not racial, etc. does nothing to help matters.

The other popular post is that of a black cop who killed a white kid. Where’s Al Sharpton, where are the protests? Well let’s look at that. Al Sharpton is an activist on issues of equality for the black community. Call him whatever you want, like him, hate him it doesn’t matter, that’s what he does. He took up his cause and he went after it and he takes advantage of every opportunity to stir the pot. Yes, stir the pot. If you have a cause and you want people to take notice you have to make some noise and that’s what Rev. Al does.

Now if you’re truly so appalled by the killing of a white kid by a black cop, and you really feel this is a problem of serious concern because it happens so frequently, maybe instead of complaining on Facebook about all the injustice against white kids and all this lack of attention when it happens to white people, maybe it’s time for you to become Rev. Al. Now I realize it’s much easier to sit at home and criticize, so if that makes you feel better carry on as usual. But if you really believe in what you’re saying, do something.

By the way a protest must cause some disruption in order to bring attention to the cause. Unfortunately opportunists will latch on to a legitimate cause for their own agenda, and even more unfortunate is the fact that some will use the protest for violence and destruction which puts the whole cause in a bad light. Sometimes a protest will affect all our lives in some way, but if it’s legitimate and brings about necessary change; it’s worth the minor inconvenience..

Now before you get angry at what I’m saying here, take your time and read it again and really understand my point. If it still angers you, well than you’re missing something.

Peace