Thoughts after Las Vegas

Photo by  James Walsh  on  Unsplash

Photo by James Walsh on Unsplash

It's just hard to make sense of it.

A man prioritized taking as many lives as possible over quietly living out the rest of his. Men. Women. Children. People he didn't know.

That was the mark he wanted to leave on this Earth.

This one has hit close to home. A friend of my girlfriend's sister got shot. She's expected to make a recovery, but people around her died.

And going to outdoor concerts is one of my favorite things to do.

This could have easily happened to me, my family or one of my close friends.

Maybe you know someone who was injured or killed. If that is the case, I cannot express how sorry I am.

Things like this keep happening.

After each one, I always have the same thoughts.

How do we prevent these attacks?

On an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast from August 2016, Tony Robbins was commenting on the similar then-recent events in Paris, Niece, Orlando and San Bernardino. People were asking him why someone would carry out these acts.

"I can't tell you the kind of person who did it, but I can tell you the kind of person who didn't do it: a happy person didn't go kill all those people. A fulfilled human being, a person in a beautiful state does not plot or try to harm anybody."

This is relevant in so many places beyond just these mass attacks. Happiness and fulfillment could:

  • Prevent violence in Chicago and other places around the world
  • Give someone a reason not to join a gang or terrorist group
  • Help people solve problems vs. complain, and use their words and actions to unite vs. divide
  • We have to create the opportunity for more people to be happy and fulfilled.

(This is the only podcast episode I've ever re-listened to, and I do it anytime I want to feel incredible. If you want to instantly change your life, check it out here.)

Appreciate every moment

This could have happened at any of the concerts I went to this summer. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.

All we can do is appreciate every day, every moment, and every person we get to spend those moments with.

We're all in this together

It's not better that it didn't happen to me, or that no one I know personally was killed.

That means someone else is suffering. Someone just as innocent, just as unsuspecting, just as undeserving.

We are all connected by something greater than our family trees, friend circles, genders, races, nationalities and religions. We're all human.

When we lose someone unnecessarily, we all suffer.

It's not about liberal vs. conservative, or black vs. blue, or Christian vs. Muslim.

It's simply good vs. evil. And good always wins in the end.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr

Let us come out of this stronger, more determined, and more together than ever before.

Spreading love, strength, unity and peace.