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Humanity’s Inhumanity

My post today partners with my last one, about media influence on emotions. Bear with me, I’m going deep, and what I say may sound odd at first.

Once in a while I feel as if my soul taps into the collective consciousness. I can best explain it by using an example.

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If you were around when Princess Diana died in that tragic accident, you might be able to understand what I mean. There was this universal sadness. Even people who didn’t keep up with her or the royal family, and didn’t feel an attachment to her, probably felt an energy of sadness in the air. I actually had a dream the night before it happened that I feel predicted the tragedy (which I’ll share if asked).

I was one year old when JFK was shot, and my mom told me that I seemed to know something. She couldn’t explain it, but she thought I could feel the tension and sadness of the nation. I became still and quiet during his broadcast funeral, but she said there was something more . . . my behavior was different.

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When my soul taps into this universal emotion, sometimes it almost bowls me over. There is so much going on in the world today, with division in the United States, chaotic protests in Hong Kong, Yellow Vest protests in France (still going on but not reported), protests in Iran, and in South American countries; Chile, Columbia, Venezuela (also rarely being reported). I could go on, but I don’t want you to think this is about politics.

Tensions are wound tight, and I can feel it in the air. Media propaganda is influencing emotions, and the division is causing many to appear heartless. Of course, there are evil criminals who cheat, steal, assault and murder, but I thought those were a minority. Was I wrong? Could much more of humanity be evil?

Before I go on, please know that this goes much deeper than mere politics. At the core of this post is my concern about humanity.

I’ve been in the U.S. for several presidents. Some I supported, some I didn’t, but I never once wished harm on any of them. Even people I’ve considered friends have openly rejoiced at the mention of this president being murdered! I’m not even covering the depictions of him meeting a gruesome death (by well-known people). I don’t care what words are used on twitter, none of them warrant a torturous, inhumane death. We wouldn’t even want to see a wild animal harmed in inhumane ways. There is no excuse for the inhumanity to another human. Like I said in my last post, emotions are running high due to seeds of division sewn by the media. It’s never good to make decisions reactive from emotion.

One woman on facebook asked, “I don’t get it. How can people who call themselves Christians support this president?”

I wished I would’ve asked her, “How can people who call themselves Christians carry such hatred and contempt enough to wish harm on a president? Didn’t Jesus say to pray for those who oppose you and forgive?”

And yes, I know it’s not just the president being threatened. I’ve seen people saying frightening things to all sides of this media-driven division. This is why I’m so concerned, and why I’m questioning the humanity of humanity.

The tense energy in the air is moving me like it did with Princess Diana and JFK. So much so that on a couple of occasions I had to sit down and breathe through it. I feel the need to warn my friends, family and whoever else will listen. Now more than ever, humanity needs to take heed of our words, thoughts and actions. What’s happening around the world is a powder keg waiting to be ignited. Our energies are connected, and we’ll all be affected by however this plays out.

I believe we’re made out of the same goodness that created the Universe. I hope that we soon return to that core of who we really are.

15 thoughts on “Humanity’s Inhumanity”

    1. I agree, voices do get silenced. But, we’ll keep on speaking where we can. Thank you for reading and the kind comment. Hope you’re having a lovely holiday season.

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  1. I do agree Lori that there is sometimes a mood in the air – perhaps you are more empathetic than most to be able to feel it when others can’t. It does seem as though there is something in the air in recent months – though I can’t describe what it is. It feels like something is changing or could change, whether for good or bad I don’t know.

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    1. Andrea, thank you for explaining exactly what I meant. You really understood it. It’s a feeling of something that is about to change, but I can’t pinpoint what, how, when or the end result. What I do know is that sometimes this energy moves me to vertigo and other times, tears. Yet I still can’t pinpoint it.

      Thank you for sharing this and that you feel it, too.

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  2. Lori, a powerful post and I feel your angst! Luckily here in the U.K. it does not seem so bad although we are affected by the traumas around the world. There seems to be an attitude of get on with life in spite of the governments but what is happening in America sounds unprecedented. It never fails to amaze me how normally warm and kind hearted souls can become so full of vitriol once online.

    Wishing you peace and harmony as Christmas approaches. Perhaps just turning off social media, tv of a day or two would help? Xx

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    1. Hi Annika. I take breaks from the different medias every weekend. I’m usually spending time with family then. I also enjoy American football on Sundays. However, this energy I’m speaking of in the air, I’ve actually felt while out Christmas shopping (and when we went to buy our tree). The people were all friendly, and yet the energy in the air felt like friction. I don’t know how to explain this, other than it’s like when you’re in a room where people were conversing, but you knew two of them didn’t get along, and you can feel the tension. Anyway, it’s not stopping me from living my life as usual. I just felt the need to express this for others to be aware.

      I could feel your compassion for me (your kind energy comes through the screen), and I thank you for the Christmas wishes. Blessings to you and your family.

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  3. Yup, it’s messy. Is it worse? I don’t know. Could it be that it’s just more blatant and open (and of course, very easy to communicate with all of our devices)? I agree that I remember media outlets as being much more cautious about unbiased reporting. That seems to have devolved. There were always the tabloids though, with their own take on making money.

    I hope you feel better, Lori. We live in trying but privileged times (in many areas of the world) and I think that can make you feel pretty strange.

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    1. That’s true, Lynette, about tabloids. At least it we knew where to go back then, when we wanted something other than tabloid. Now it seems all tabloid.

      Yeah, I have a tendency to feel energies with high emotions attached, and I wish I could warn the world. No one would pay attention anyway. 🤷‍♀️

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  4. It’s sad, isn’t it? Perhaps that’s why depression and suicide rates are so high. Honestly, if I think too much about the future of our country, I feel helpless. I’m thankful that I don’t have children or grandchildren because sadly, I don’t see things turning around. Like Anneli, I agree that so much falls on the media. Spreading lies and hate helps their ratings and that’s all they care about…not the people. And you might think I’m crazy, but I also feel that the addiction to cell phones is playing a role as well. People would rather stick their nose into their phone than God forbid say hello to someone on the street…or in the office!

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    1. Hi Jill. Yes it is sad…and scary. I know what you mean about not having kids. At my doctor’s office, all the women there are pregnant. I couldn’t help but wonder why they’d want to bring innocent young ones into this mess.

      I don’t think you’re crazy at all about the cell phones. Not only are they not paying attention to others around them, but they take video of every single incident. It’s put on the internet and then the media uses that as well. I can’t help but wonder if things would be this bad without 24-hour communication.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. I feel the same way, Lori. I can’t believe the ugliness I see coming out of people everywhere. It sure doesn’t feel like “goodwill toward men” this Christmas. You’ve expressed this very well in your post. I have often said, “If the media cameras weren’t there, these people wouldn’t be doing such horrible things.” Often they act out for the cameras, and then the media put their slanted spin on it and fan the flames. It has been a long time since news agencies reported events without bias. I think they bear a lot of the blame and shame for what is happening. They don’t just report – often they make it worse by inciting hatred and unrest, adding their opinion to the facts and often reporting things out of context to suit their own personal views.

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    1. I completely agree, Anneli. With instant communication, and people holding up their cameras for every incident in public, I wonder if things would be so tense right now without those things. I know in the 60’s there was a lot of unrest and assassinations. But hippies were mostly peaceful, weren’t they?

      Like Jill said, it’s scary and sad.

      Thank you for your response and for putting it so clearly.

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