orlando massacreI had to do a podcast on the Orlando Massacre and America’s Culture of Hate because how else can one describe what happened when 49 people were gunned down in a gay nightclub in Orlando?

I believe we must do more to teach tolerance at home, in schools and at the workplace. I believe this world is not big enough for both humanity and hatred to co-exist. If we continue on the path we are on, one of us will have to go. I believe that people who are most afraid are the people who have the most hatred for life. I believe hatred starts from within. In order to hate someone enough to harm them, you must first hate yourself so much that you cannot see that you are a part of humanity.

There are so many things wrong with America’s culture of hate.  I don’t understand the people who come to America but hate Americans. I don’t understand people who profess to love God and yet use his doctrine to embrace and champion hate. I am a well-read person with above average intelligence, but there are some things I do not understand. Hatred is one of them.

The more I enjoy my life, the more love I have for everyone–the people I know as well as the people who I don’t know.

If you are in the living business, you ought to be in the loving business. By that I mean, you ought to love life.

To live on this earth and not love life, is to partake of the beach but never feel the sand between your toes. A beach without sand is a creek. And, it ain’t hardly the same.

I send my prayers to the families of all the victims of the Orlando massacre. I also send prayers to the family of the killer. The killer’s family will never truly know why their son did what he did. And, for that, they may never get another peaceful night’s sleep. And, that’s sad.

Let me know what you think of this tragedy. Leave your comments below.


Peace & Love,

Yasmin Shiraz

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