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  •  Wishing you all the best at this very difficult... (2+ / 0-)
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    Brit, evergreen2

    time for you, your community, and your country.  

    All that can be done is to begin to pick up the pieces, to start healing the physical and psychological wounds, and listening--without too much judgment--to the personal experiences and expressions of people who are at the very least, a bit "shell shocked" by events that have shaken the very foundations of their lives.  

    Sometimes, we who are at this present moment far removed from the situation, pass judgments or make criticisms that it might be best saved for a later time, when people who are already down have had the time to pick themselves up and sort out things in their own minds.  

    I hope I haven't sounded as if I were making judgments, because I've seen how confusing and disturbing it can be when your local community today suddenly isn't the same place it was--at least in your own experience--that it was yesterday.  I lived in the suburbs of a nearby US city that suddenly exploded into civil disturbance one night. That explosion resulted in the deaths of dozens of people, wounding of thousands, and destruction of thousands of buildings.  

    When you live through seeing 10,253 National Guard troops, and the U.S. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps from Fort Bragg, N.C. One brigade each from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in your nearby large city--you realize that the world as you knew it before isn't the world you necessarily think it is.  You realize that the world is a complex, interactive, dynamic place, which is influenced by many factors.  Also, you realize that when people are in the midst of seeing their world collapse around them, they deserve a little bit of slack, because they are already going through something disturbing and terrible.

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