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What is justice?

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

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Meet your Poster Donn Bradley

When you figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.  I was put on this planet to help people, though you might not be able to glean that from the story.  Born in the Northwest but steeped a country boy, my journey hasn't just been geographical.  I have been on a quest to redefine what it means to be a man.  I'm a former police officer turned therapist who believes that if you have the capability, you have the responsibility.  When I knew...really KNEW, what I was put on this planet to do, it lit a fire stoked every day with every experience (positive and negative).  This may sound like fertilizer, but I'm going to change the world.  Not for some egotistical drive to become famous, but because I have to.....WE have to.  It's a world that needs changing and the only way it's going to is if we believe we should and we believe we can.

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  1. Nice to dream! And we must always hope. Without hope and dreams, what do we have? Human rights, justice, laws against discrimination as a few examples, have come a long way in the past 50 years for many people but have a long way to go for many more.

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