Simply...Where Is The Love?

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A song by the Black Eyed Peas came out a few years ago. An instant big hit, awesome recording. It says it all. The disease of our society.

"Where Is The Love?"

What's wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And if you hatin you're bound to get irate
Yeah madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y'all

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the love2x)

It just ain't the same all ways have changed
New days are strange is the world the insane?
If love and peace so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations dropping bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing suffering
As the youth die young
So ask yourself is the loving really strong?
So I can ask myself really what is going wrong
With this world that we living in
People keep on giving in
Makin wrong decisions
Only visions of them livin and
Not respecting each other
Deny thy brother
The wars' going on but the reasons' undercover
The truth is kept secret
Swept under the rug
If you never know truth
Then you never know love
Where's the love y'all?(I don't know)
Where's the truth y'all?(I don't know)
Where's the love y'all?

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the lovex2)

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm getting older y'all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling down
It's no wonder why sometimes I'm feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(fade)

Low self-esteem is prevalant, if not the norm in our society nowadays. It is truly a lack of love in people that manifests itself in different ways. It doesn't happen the same way to everyone. It is hard to recover from but if you make a choice to heal it can happen. When you love yourself and love God and choose to let go, you can heal. You see it's effects everywhere. Maybe it's the child too afraid to raise his hand in class because he's learned that speaking his mind ends with him being hit. Or, maybe it's the teen who has turned to under aged drinking because thinking of all the hurts that they've had said to them just feels better thinking about it this way, or not thinking about it at all. Or, maybe the one you don't even think of. The young adult who has a great social life, parties and drinks every weekend and may add the chaser of drugs, is the life of the party, wears all the best clothes, jewellery, whatever money or credit can buy. They may not realize until years later, or may never will, that they too have hurts so deep from their childhood that they are scarred forever. They try their best to cover it up, but one day it will rear it's ugly head. At times, in the form of an abusive parent, doing to their children what was done to them. Will the cycle ever end? Perhaps in the form of a mental illness, shutting out the world and escaping to another one because those memories are just too painful to recall, they don't go away. Or perhaps in the popular life of that young partier. The one with the best of everything money can buy. The stronger ones who can bury it deep within themselves and live falsely in a world that looks perfect to onlookers. No one knows the turmoil the boils deep down. The hurts they have suffered, the pain inflicted by the tongue of a narcissistic parent. This continues on into adulthood. The drinking and partying continue. After all, 'what else is there to do' is the common thought of most adults who don't have the love of God in their lives. These hurts may stay buried for years but they never die. Sometimes healing can occur, with a lot of love and a lot of work. Sometimes healing will never happen for them. There are those few who cannot live with it and who cannot heal it. We read about it in the news almost daily now. The children who bully other children. The teens who torture and murder. And, the adults who surprise everyone and begin to repay the hurts they feel to society by crime and taking the innocent lives of others. How many times in your life do you hear that the person who just tortured and murdered one or more people was a nasty person, had a violent temper, one who everyone who knew them expected them to take a life one day? You don't. You hear how they were well liked by everyone, intelligent and all round nice person. No one ever expects those people to do the unspeakable, and, so often they are the ones who do the very worst things we read about. The one thing that Psychiatrists have learned and told us is that many of our society's ills today stem from the painful childhood these people experienced. There is a common thread among the unfortunate ones with this disease throughout our society. It's starts with our children and the way we parent or the lack of loving parenting they have had. Simply said, they didn't feel enough love.

Suffice to say that I believe and acknowledge that every parent does the best they can in the circumstances they are in with the faculties they have available to them. I cannot judge another man until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. I did not live their lives and I'm not living it now. I can only speak for myself as a parent and I am only able to live the one life God blessed me with and love and teach the children He entrusted me with to the best of my ability through Him. I have done the best I can. I would not change one thing. I am happy with that and I am at peace, I am well. Most of all I love myself and I am loved by God.

I am not perfect, not one man is. All I know is that I have chosen to live a life of love and to teach that to my children and show the people whose lives I touch that love is the way, love is the answer. God does tell us to 'not be conformed in the ways of the world'. Love is a conscience choice, every moment of every day. You can choose love or you can choose the world. The way the world lives entails everything else but God's love. The way people live is an example of the lack of love in their hearts and the lack of God in their souls. Ignorance, disrespect, inconsideration, lack of simple manners, choosing self over others, the list goes on. Go anywhere and you will see it, open your ears and you will hear it, read the news and you will feel it. Are you going to live like the world lives or are you going to choose to love yourself and love others? When you make the choice to love you are changing the world one person at a time. The virtues you live by show others in your everyday interactions the way of love, the way of God. It may be a word or a smile. You will never know what small gesture has changed the life of another for the better, and in turn the world. Sometimes, in the simple way of showing them how they are not that way. Some people won't see it this way because they are too far gone, disassociated from that love within or absorbed in the ways of the world. They will even go so far as to think you're strange, or not normal because you're too kind. The only thing you can do for those people is pray for them. Pray that someday they will open their eyes and their hearts to love. They will not be changed until they make the choice for themselves to choose love. Some will notice, some will care, some will think about that one thing that set you apart from the rest of the world in a good way and want to be more like that. Those are the ones that I hope will be changed by the love our family shows the world.

My blog is here to help you make that choice easier. I hope you join me weekly to see what a difference love has made in the lives of one family who moved to the country and homeschooled their children as a choice of choosing love over the world. Until next time. Simply. Marie