Someone Has to Do Something!

someone somethingWhenever an unbelievably horrific event occurs, like the killing of seventeen high school students or another equally heart-wrenching loss of life takes place, we instinctively demand that “Someone has to do something!”

Our reaction is now a formula. We turn to social media and tune in to channels that channel our rage at the situation. This makes us somehow feel that we are accomplishing something positive.

However, in reality we are not. Instead of contributing to a more polarizing atmosphere, why don’t we make a different choice?

Why don’t we each look inside our self to answer the cries of “Someone has to do something!”  Instead of calling for legislation that will not change anything, why not pledge to find a personal way to help ease a pain that is festering in our society?

As helpless as we might feel, we should tell that voice that says you won’t make a difference to hush, and proceed to make a difference. No matter how small the something, do something to help another person today.

We all understand how small things can make a big difference. Recall the times in your own life when a kind word or action from someone had a positive impact.

In our ”modern” world there is a steady stream of chatter, but are we really hearing any of it? It is drowning us. It isn’t bring us closer. It is isolating us.

Treat others as you would like to be treated. Is that concept too old-fashioned? Or maybe, it’s the answer to “Someone must do something!” Just maybe that someone that must do something is you.

Reaching out to others and helping someone in need on an individual basis will exponentially change society for the better. That idea is not new. It is an old idea that has been steadily getting buried by all the rage at everything we feel helpless to solve.

The hyper focus on certain stories and narratives at the exclusion of other important stories is blinding us. Kindness, doesn’t sell these days you might say ‒ to that I say, we are the consumers. We should boycott those that are selling rage at everything.

Let’s turn down the volume on the collective noise and direct attention to making individual connections. Let’s start with something simple, like being kinder to each other. That is something “someone” can do immediately. That someone is ME and YOU.

Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute” and visit the Facebook Page.

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4 years ago

Don’t let kids buy guns, another obvious idea. I have a few guns, but that doesn’t mean i believe everyone should. Right to bear arms was an idea from over 200 years ago. People lived miles apart, they had indians to worry about (i think it was the other way around really) , Grizzly Bears, wolves, lions, livestock to protect, heck walking miles to school everyday. Life was different. My opinions have changed through the years. Never really thought I’d be saying what I’m saying. But what does a city dweller need an AR-15 for. Or for that manner, any rifle?? Sure, have a home security shot gun accessible, that’s totally ok. A handy 9 mil glock for the wife, sure. But rifles are country, and if you ain’t country, you don’t need a rifle. And even being country doesn’t automatically make it ok. Guns are for protection, hand guns, shot guns, a self preservation thing.

4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

My Prayers go out to the families of the love ones who were lost! I’m tired of this happening! I pray this will never happen again! But it will! Our Teachers are the first line of defense, so why leave them at a disadvantage! Govt. dropped the ball! Why is the FBI or the Sheriffs Dept. failure to stop this tragedy not being questioned! 23 times he was reported! How many times has the FBI, CIA, DOJ, failed to protect people they serve!(They Questioned this Monster and did nothing) Why did the officers not do their jobs! “SERVE AND PROTECT”! Why was this monster allowed to just stroll in to the school! Gun free zones don’t work! “My wife is a teacher!” They have a sheriffs officer on duty, but he is not allowed to carrying in the building! (GUN FREE ZONE) It has to be in a Locked security box in his Locked car. He stated it would take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to get it! Our founding fathers put the 2nd amendment in the bill of rights for a reason! It wasn’t for hunting! Some think confiscation is the answer! More people have died in the 20th century from Govt. genocide! (Rwanda, Russia, Germany) Do you trust unelected officials from the alphabet soup departments.(FBI, CIA, BLM, USFS etc.) Why did they militarize the Bureau of Land Management, Park Service, US Forest Service, IRS and on and on! I’m sure we can trust these Govt. officials! RIGHT! Remember Ruby Ridge, Waco, Fast and Furious and all the others! So give up all your self protection! The Feds were never meant to Govern, that right was reserved to the States! As long as they followed Constitutional law! “We no longer have a Constitutional Govt.” and your kidding yourself if you think the people are still in charge! So give up all your self protection! “They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin”

4 years ago
Reply to  Wylie

Good comment. I’m assuming you know school teachers better than I do. Do you really believe they’ll be able to pull the trigger? Just wondering. Is it possible, we will create false security by arming teachers? Just thinking out loud. To me, it doesn’t sound like a good idea.

Robert Lichtenberger
4 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

The right to keep & bear is timeless, and only the codification of such by the brilliant architects of our Constitution is “an idea from over 200 years ago.” Perhaps your “opinions have changed,” but that makes little difference; Amendment II is contained within the Bill of Rights (rights of the individual citizen), not, as you seem to believe, some minor portion of a ‘Bill of Needs.’

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