Race, ethnicity, military experience, economic status, gender, religious beliefs, political preference, and a myriad of other factors make us different, and often divided. News is ever-increasing with stories about people hurting, sometimes fatally, each other because of their differences. Whose life is most valuable, most important, matters the most? Is it the white police officer? Is it the black teenager? How about the gazillionaire celebrity? Could it be the Rabbi, Catholic Priest, or Protestant Minister? Surely the military veteran’s life is more important than any civilian’s.
The answer is YES! Every life is valuable and important. The one that matters most is the one you are living. I submit to you that if each and every individual treats first themselves, then others with respect and compassion the senselessness would end. No additional laws, programs, or prisons are needed. Let’s talk about it.