I’ve been living without TV or radio for two years. I am about a month behind on my NPR podcasts. I am not nearly as well informed as I should be. But I have been hearing about the UK riots through various headlines and through posts from friends in the UK. I have to say, the whole thing breaks my heart.
I can’t think of a single reason why a person would think it was a good idea to run out into the streets of the community that you live in and set things on fire, destroy property, and steal things. I can’t conceive of what would go through a persons mind to lead them to such decisions. The whole idea is abhorrent to me. I keep asking how these riots got started and what people are so angry about, but nobody has really been able to give me an answer. What do they expect to accomplish by destroying their community and endangering their neighbors? I’m at a loss.
It saddens and angers me whenever I see people engaging in senseless violence. How do they expect to be treated with any respect and dignity after these kinds of actions? Violent people often think they have power, but in my eyes, it makes them so weak. Such behavior only displays fear and a lack of intelligence. If you want people to respect you, you need to behave in a manner worthy of respect. If you want to stop feeling oppressed, don’t behave like a person who needs to be controlled. I don’t think people can achieve anything truly good through violence.
One of the most difficult things about watching these events unfold is my lack of ability to understand them. Can someone please give me a reasonable explanation? And “because their idiots” isn’t good enough. I doubt those rioters said to themselves, “I’m an idiot. I think I’ll go outside and set a car on fire.” Why is this happening? What are they trying to say?
I am grateful that I was raised in a loving environment and was taught to value my integrity from a very young age. I was always taught to do the right thing, even if it was unpopular. I realize that the definition of “right” can vary greatly from person to person. In my eyes, blatant, unprovoked violence is never right. I pray that the rioting stops, and my heart goes out to all of the brave people who have gathered to clean up their neighborhoods. Humanity’s ability to persevere is one of its most astonishing traits.
I say this all the time. We need more love in the world. If you’re not happy with the way things are in your life, try helping somebody. Creativity is so much more rewarding than destruction. If you want to change the world, build something, do something, be something. Stop the violence. It won’t work.