Walk in

We walk in, bringing nothing that will do anybody any harm, just tools to help the sick and injured. In the homes we enter are sick people, physically and mentally. Who those people are is a mystery until we establish contact, and do an assessment, until then we have only our faith in humanity to rely on, and we go in expecting a person who needs us to be waiting.

A person waiting to take us hostage needs us as well.

The jack-off in Georgia did a lot of harm yesterday before being shot to death by a SWAT team member. I don't know the firefighters who were taken hostage, don't know any firefighter who was taken hostage for that matter, but I do know hundreds of them that will be going into strangers homes today with nothing more than their faith in their fellow man in their pockets. No guns, no means of protection other than the general rules of a civilized society.

The perception of a civilized society took another shot yesterday. How many shots can society take before it crumbles? How many students will be shot, or stabbed, how many firefighter gunned down in the street or taken hostage in a patients home before the good guys give up, and let the assholes have it all.

Sometimes I wonder if we are better off without comprehensive news coverage. I live a long way from Georgia, but felt like I was in there with those guys yesterday. The kids who got stabbed in Texas are half a country away, but their images were in my living room most of the day. And those little angels from Newtown? They will be forever enshrined in my heart.

I suppose its better to know that evil exists, and thousands of miles distance doesn't mean a thing when the whole of humanity is threatened. 

I'll keep on walking in, and continue to have faith in our fellow man, because once that is gone, I've got nothin to work for.

3 Comments

  • Perry Smith says:

    Remember the days when we were the "good guys" ?

  • Mr618 says:

    Michael is correct, we still are the good guys (for the most part; see Statte and Firegeezer for the exceptions. Not them, of course, their posts on the miscreants).
    The problem is, we cannot give up and let the assholes have everything. As President Thomas Whitmore said:
    "Mankind. That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom…Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution…but from [assholes]. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
    We must keep going into strangers' homes, guarded only by decency and our wits. We must continue to care when all others have given up.
    We cannot, and must not, let the assholes win.

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