Gunmen opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Mauritiana, wounding three French citizens.
A police officer in Sydney, Australia, was shot in the stomach. He's recovering in hospital.
Two police officers in Gwinnett, USA, shot at each other and obtained minor injuries.
The owner of a business in Lancaster, USA, was shot to death by an employee over a debt.
Five people were shot and killed in a mall in Chicago, USA.
A 17 year old Australian girl is in a critical condition after being shot in Vrindavan, India. The gunman then shot himself.
That's six (6) instances of violence involving guns in just three days, and if I'd searched the news just a minute or two longer I'm sure I'd have found at least another six. And I haven't even started on knives and other deliberate violence. What is it about we humans, that we feel the need to inflict pain and cause death??? It's not enough to conquer, to effectively own the planet, to have power over every other creature. We have to do it to each other too. When our species finally becomes extinct, I am quite sure it will be our own doing. Will that be such a bad thing? It often seems that the negative points of our race far outweigh the positive. Yes, there are nice people out there. There are people and organisations working for the greater good. But human greed and selfishness may never be overcome. You know things are skewed when you celebrate human kindness as though it's a rarity, rather than accept it as though it's normal. Instead we accept violence as normality. Violence doesn't need publicity and donations from the public. Have you ever seen an ad on TV asking you to donate to a terrorist cell?
I have an idea. I would like each person reading this blog to at least consider this... I'm sure all of us have homeless or destitute people living in our cities. I'm sure all of us have seen somebody who just needs a smile. Give those homeless people a dollar. Smile at those lonely and miserable people. Buy them a coffee. Sign a petition against the war the Middle East. I want every single person to perform an act of kindness before the end of this week - either on a personal level, for an individual, or by writing to or donating to an organisation. Something, anything. Small or large, whatever you have the time and resources for. Please. The world needs you.