I don’t really watch the news, but always catch the headlines on social media. And since some of the recent bad news is sports related, I’ve been hearing it in the gym when doing my cardio. Lots of rushing to judgment and calls for retribution, but that’s not a prosperity mindset...
Aussie DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian made a prank call to a London hospital. The nurse who took the call, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide a few days later. The Twitterverse and even mainstream newspapers were quick to rain down on the duo. There were even headlines “Blood on their Hands.”
Not so fast…
No one knows what went on in Jacintha’s mind and we might never find out. But you have to figure there was more going on that the fact she was on the receiving end of a prank phone call. The DJs could never have foreseen such an outcome. And before we condemn them and make sanctimonious proclamations about everything having consequences, let’s just take a breath.
We have all done foolish things. All done things we wish we could take back, but can’t. This is a horrible tragedy, but let’s not be so fast to assign blame.
Last weekend KC Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend and then took his own life, as horrified coaches watched. There was another shooting in New York that made headlines a couple days later, and last night another gunman shot two people in a Portland shopping mall.
As whenever tragedies like this occur, people are screaming to ban all guns. The other side cites the second amendment and feels that it allows citizens to carry AK 47’s and other assault weapons.
Not so fast…
This is not a simplistic issue and it won’t be resolved with dogmatic ideology. There are many layers of complexity here and it requires mindful and respectful discussion from both sides. There are some crazy, sick people who will do crazy, sick things, and they can't all be protected and legislated against.
Over this last weekend Dallas Cowboys player Jerry Brown died in a car crash. The car was being driven by teammate Josh Brent, who has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter. Brent is being demonized and the two football related incidents are now being held up as examples of more out-of-control, overpaid athletes running amok.
Not so fast…
People killing other people with guns is not a football or sports issue. People driving while intoxicated is not a football or sports issue. These are issues that run across our entire society. Superstar athletes make the headlines, but these things happen every day, all around us.
Yes, Josh Brent made a horrific and foolish mistake. One he will have to live with for the rest of his life. It’s easy to make him the face of evil, or the poster boy for drunk drivers who kill innocent people everywhere.
Not so fast…
We weren’t there, and we haven’t walked in his shoes. I know this: If I was offered the choice between being the drunk driver who was responsible for killing my best friend passenger – or being the passenger who got killed – it’s possible I would choose the dead passenger option.
These are terrible tragedies and people have made some very bad choices. Choices they probably wish they could take back. And who among us has not?
I have been shot by an assailant, so I’m not so quick to tell people they can’t own guns to protect themselves. And I’m also not so eager to see lone gunman arming themselves on the Internet with more weapons than a SWAT team. I have said and done foolish things that I wished I could take back. I have been powerless over addictions, so I am not so quick to judge others who face those demons.
So let’s not be so fast to condemn, attack and made judgments…
There are children without parents, and parents who have lost their children. Justice must be done, and wrongs must attempt to be righted. But that can only happen through a higher consciousness:
Empathy. Prayers. Forgiveness. That is the prosperity consciousness we need right now.