By Demond A. Jackson
Loss is and has always been the primary factor behind the crippling of mankinds personal and social structure. Presently innocent lives are being loss on a weekly bases from mass shootings. Examining the circumstances surrounding these acts, I’ve discover each perpetrator shared a similar motive: the belief that they were “losing or loss” some economical, ideological or spiritual liberty do to America’s current governmental policies or initiatives. Obviously these perpetrators Vlew their killing spree’s as justifiable, the only means to get people to take action or notice. The sad part is with each malevolent act, someone else is being influenced to perpetuate these crimes against humanity.
This trend has citizens suddenly realizing how fragile their safety is, which has them demanding law makers and law enforcement do something to better protect them. Be it gun reform or heightening security in public places. Something needs to be done to restore Americans faith, that its safe to go outside their homes without any fears and anxiety that death isn’t potentially laying around the corner by way of a semi-automatic weapon.
As a spectator on the inside looking out, it dawned on me that “loss” was the key component surrounding these events. These murderers like the vast majority of society didn’t wants to lose or except loss. The average person in this days age is
extremely selfish, and sees self sacrifice, the’loss of time .or money as something they rather not lose, unless its going to benefit them personally.
This selfish and self centered perception has mankind spending surmountable amount of time, energy and wealth searching for ways to avoid loss. It doesn’t matter if its the loss of life, health, love, success, freedom and or a prize possessions there are those amongst us who are devoted to keeping what they have by any means necessary. Now lets be clear, since the beginning of time humanity has been consumed with avoiding loss. The Egyptians believed they could bury their worldly possession with them, so they could have them in their afterlife. Roman’s made sacrifices to the God’s and Goddesses for everlasting love, other cultures and religions searched for the mythological “Fountain of Youth” or believe in reincarnation, all sharing the same theme- how I can avoid loss.
Currently, people are spending extremes amount of money on surgeries to avoid the loss of physical vanity, prosecutors are falsifying testimony and evidence to avoid losing a case that will catapult their career to the next level, Billionaires are creating false financial crisis to avoid losing a minute amount of their wealth, individual are literally selling their souls for fame and glamour because without it they feel they would be losers. America attacked two nation under the false pretense that they were either responsible for the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York or they posses weapons of mass destruction. When it was all said and done we discovered we were engaged in two wars, just because our nations leaders at the time, couldn’t ·except the loss of our nation being attacked.
Therefore, it is important that we acknowledge the power of loss and recognize it as an aspect of our existence that is unavoidable. The most important thing about loss is how we respond to it, it says allot about who we are, what we will, or want do when faced with it. For example my mother recently learned her younger sister has been diagnose with a illness that allowing her limited time left to live. These two have not spoken to one another for close to fifteen years. When my aunt realized her life would soon be loss, she reached out to her sister and apologized for her role in the misunderstand that kept them from being sisters. Realizing she was going to lose her sister soon my mother set her feelings aside and forgave her sister. If it wasn’t for the power of loss these two may have went to their graves dealing with the lost of love they once shared for one another.
sometimes loss is the only thing that forces us to acknowledge how precious love, peace, family, and freedom is .. When we lose someone we love, we are reminded of how special that person is or was. When I loss my freedom, I realized who my real friends were, I learned the meaning of loyalty and I discovered that no amount of money in the world can equal the value of true freedom. During my incarceration I’ve loss
allot … :, yet with every loss. I learned to appreciate what I still had allowing my loss to be replace with a greater blessing in one form or another. Therefore with all the loss of lives this nation is facing presently, one must acknowledge and appreciate the unity its creating to replace’ love one each ,family has lost. People are joining hands across political, racial and religious line to share their condolences, strive for positive change and better days. Therefore, if we all treat life, freedom, health, love, peace and friendship like its something to precious to lose … we will consciously avoid doing or participating in things that will put them in jeopardy. That being said, with all the things in life we are promised to lose … try not to lose your integrity, compassion, and selflessness. Because these are the things memorials and tributes are founded upon and will never be forgotten when all else is loss.
My Condolences and best wishes go out to all the families who have recently loss a love one. God Bless you,