Perhaps Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” would make a better Morning Groove today. Because even after 45 years, we are still asking the question.
Yesterday was a sad day for all of us. And yet, some of us want to argue: about Islam, about LGBTQ, about gun control. One tone-deaf “politician” wants to take credit that he was right about what happened in Orlando. A tragedy occurs, and he wants to say “I told you so?” Someone tell him to get his head out of a particular orifice.
Lives have been lost. Another mass shooting that didn’t have to take place, but did. Because hearts and minds wrapped around hate are still strong, and tough to take down.
We all have to be better than this. A lot of us are tired of these killings. Killings, period. I wish we didn’t have to say the rote condolences that we all say after events like this. But day after day, week after week, it’s another tragedy and nothing changes.
I’m tired of writing and saying that there is more that unites us than divides us. After every bad event, I’m beginning to believe it less and less. But I cling to the hope that someday, most of us will get it. I’m afraid that day isn’t going to come; certainly not in my lifetime.
But I hold fast to it. Clutch it to my chest. Because peace and love have to be stronger than hate and war. More bridges need to be built to help us all get to the other side…away from the enmity, bigotry and senseless tragedies that keep happening. Less walls dividing us, keeping the hate and fear in place.
The title lyric comes from “Peace And Love,” by Tommy Sims. I also included “We Are One,” by Frankie Beverly & Maze, because it reminds us that we have to stop treating each other the way we do.
I wrote this the other day, but I think it fits here also.
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. still resonate with me today. I do hope they resonate with all of you.
Those are the grooves for today. Thanks for reading and listening, and hopefully we all take to heart the message that we all are (or should be) one. One Love.