This is on everyone's mind I'm sure: Ferguson. As I reflect on the past several days I find my thoughts wandering back to 1992 when another racially charged incident rocked Los Angeles. Remember Rodney King? I remember him and the Los Angeles riots. Compare it to what is happening today across the country and Rodney King's oft-misquoted plea still rings true, "Can we all get along?". A statement like that coming from a man who was nearly beaten to death by police is a stark contrast to what anyone expected him to say. King commented on his statement later in life saying, "Some people feel like I'm some kind of hero. Others hate me. They say I deserved it. Other people, I can hear them mocking me for when I called for an end to the destruction, like I'm a fool for believing in peace."
If that's the case then call me a fool too. I believe in the goodness in people. I believe people can live in harmony. When will we set aside our prejudice and our selfishness and just try to get along? When will we learn to live by the Golden Rule, teaching our children and grandchildren to do the same? Call me naive but to me it's simple. We need to love more, free our hearts from hatred, give more and expect less. Would that change anything? I hold out hope that it would. The question still remains... Can we all get along?