While the entire country is in an uproar on all sides since the Charlottesville rally, we tend to forget some important things that are pretty base values of being human beings. One of those things is kindness. Ben Carson was the most recent victim of hate graffiti on his home while he and his wife were away. Anti-Trump rhetoric was strewn across his home, but Carson wasn’t about to meet it with more hate. Instead he did something that many have forgotten how to do.
He acknowledged what happened and how his neighbors cleaned it up for him. Carson then decided to look at the bright side. While someone was hateful towards him it was met and vanquished by someone else showing kindness towards him. That is a valuable lesson in a time where hate and rage seem to rule the day and kindness and love have taken a backseat in most things.
According to USA Newsflash :
The head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, revealed on Wednesday that his home in Virginia was attacked by vandals. Retired surgeon Carson posted the story about the vandals on Facebook, calling for more unity in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Here is how Dr. Carson began his story. “Regarding all of the racial and political strife emanating from the events in Charlottesville last weekend, let me relate a story,” Carson began. He said that he and his wife bought a place in Maryland several years ago and that as soon as they went there, a neighbor immediately raised a Confederate flag. However, what happened after that would melt your heart. Carson said that the other neighbors immediately put up American flags so that they would put to shame the pro-Confederacy neighbor.
The effort worked, and the neighbor took down the Confederate flag. Unfortunately, recently, Carson’s home in Virginia was vandalized with “hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” he says. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned,” Carson writes.
Carson looked on the positive side of both incidents. “In both instances, less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road,” he wrote. “We could all learn from these examples. Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools,” he continued.
Dr. Ben Carson ended the story by saying that now he is friends with the neighbor that raised the Confederate flag. This action by Dr. Carson just shows you what a great choice President Trump made in naming him head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He couldn’t have made a better choice.
America is currently siting on a mine field of tempers and hurt feelings over things that happened so long ago and that we have come so far from that it is only a matter of time before it all blows up to a level that there is no coming back from. It would be wise of us to take some well meant advice from Ben Carson and implement it in any way we possibly can. Not every single instance will be so erroneous of an insult that we can’t turn the other cheek just a little bit.
Kindness and empathy is free. It doesn’t cost us anything to extend a hand to someone who may simply be misinformed or just slightly confused and angry. We may be able to change a few hearts that way even if we can’t change the majority, but every little bit counts right?
We definitely need a re-set, however, at what cost and in what way will that be brought around? This is no longer about left and right. It has become much bigger and is being decided by mob rule. That is never a good place to be in a country that is meant to be one of lawfulness and justice. It is time to find a new way to stop the hate from all sides.
Let’s hope and pray that something short of divine intervention happens or we will see a war the likes of which this country has yet to experience on it’s soil.
H/T [ USA Newsflash ]