Every news outlet, online or otherwise, in the wake of George Floyd’s unnecessary death, has a story that describes protestors (understandably) “looking for justice.” But what is justice? In the old west, it meant an angry mob went after the offender and escorted him by force to “meet his maker.” Doesn’t it seem like we’re far too close to that circumstance again? In 2020? Really? What’s it going to take for us, as human beings, to create the dialogue that will help us learn and grow? Help us work together on finding the solution that has eluded us for millennia? Because we all have a different idea of what true justice is. For some it’s a stiff prison sentence. For others, it’s never seeing the light of day again upright. There are even a disturbing amount of people who wish the life could be taken with their own hand.
But in the end, none of it will ever bring George back nor will it give us the peace and insight about our humanity that we’re looking for. Because we’re mad. And we’re horrified. And we want someone to pay. But we also want the justice system to get better so that we as a people can believe in right and wrong again….together. Because we’re tired of burying friends and family, tired of always wondering what’s coming next. Tired of hating….of being afraid.
So what’s it going to take? I’ve experienced a few things about vulnerability that leads me to believe that we, as individuals, will have to each do some of the most difficult things we’ll ever have to do in our lives. We’ll have to truly examine who we are, what we believe, what we’re passionate about, and we’ll have to be honest with (and ultimately forgive) ourselves and others. We’ll have to admit our weak spots and lean into our strengths.
And maybe, just maybe, one day, we’ll all be rowing this big old ship in the same direction.
A guy can dream