Maya Angelou says “if we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”
Last week I was troubled after hearing yet another story of a parent involved in the death of their child. I watched the news and saw photos of both the mother and her daughter. I just couldn’t wrap my thoughts around what could possibly have gone wrong in this woman’s life that she has no value for the life of her child.
Years ago, I sat through a training for a social service agency. The trainer was a psychologist in a boys home. A statement he made has stayed with me. He stated the boys he worked with had no shame and because of that everything was acceptable behavior. Webster defines shame as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. One can’t help but wonder if a person has no shame does that mean they have no consciousness of guilt or wrong doing? Is this how we explain all the senseless killings on children by their parents and/or youth killing their parents? As well as the trend of random killings we are seeing in our nation.
For some species of animals, their basic instinct is to kill their young. Have some in our society become like animals? Are they unable to feel the painful emotion caused by remorse and guilt? Is this not exactly what Maya was saying in the statement above? Is this how we as a nation will finally die?
Do you remember that song from the 1960’s, “Where have all the Flowers Gone?” As I sat here writing this, the song came to mind. One of the verses asks, “Where have all the soldiers gone…. gone to graveyards everyone…when will they ever learn…when will they ever learn? ” Obviously, this song was one of the first songs to protest the Vietnam war. I am not protesting the Vietnam war or any conflict our service man and women are in. Yet, could this song apply to us now? When searching the meaning for this song on Musicouch.com it states, ” Peter Seeger’s song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” was one of the first of its kind. It helped to bring about a new wave of thinking which changed the way people acted, what they believed in, and eventually led to a new movement in America. By incorporating the lessons learned by listening to the song into the daily lives of all people, the world could become a better, more understanding place.
Have we gotten so far away from the movement which our country was built on, that we are at “war with our own?” We all agree the world needs to become a better, more understanding place. However, without God how can it? We don’t need a new wave of thinking, we need to get back to the “old” way. If we as a nation continue to turn our backs towards God, my belief is this “war with our own” will get worse before it gets better.
I certainly am not a politician and won’t call myself a scholar. However, I believe the answer is found in the scriptures. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it states, ” if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We can pray and believe God is hearing our prayers. Young men will once again feel shame, parents will love and respect themselves as well as their children, and we will have learned with God this world can be a better, more understanding place!