They make us feel afraid of one another.
Lock the doors, stay inside.
Don’t let your children out by themselves.
Watch out in public places, someone will try to rob you.
Don’t talk to strangers.
Don’t make eye contact.
You are in danger, you are not safe.
The warnings, the cautions, the tales of disaster spewed on the nightly news,
must be constantly poured upon us
rivers of scary stories
to make sure we don’t forget
that we are alone.
But it’s bullshit.
Those locks aren’t on your doors to keep people out,
those locks are on your doors to keep you in.
To keep you from venturing outside to adventure, and experience, and explore,
and go wild.
Yes horrible things happen,
and my heart breaks for those touched by such grief.
But fortunately it’s very rare,
and violence is created,
out of the terror, and the tension, and prejudices we hold
against one another,
because we’re constantly
reminded how terrible everyone is.
Well guess what?
Everyone’s not terrible,
most people are actually pretty great.
Mostly we all just want someone to listen to us,
someone to pay attention,
someone to love.
Break down your walls,
or at least loosen them up.
Unlock your doors,
The world is NOTHING like they tell us.
Make eye contact.
Befriend complete strangers.
The world is beautiful.
See for yourself.
Thank you for listening,