I’m so sorry. My heart goes out to everyone who lost a sister, brother, son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, friend in the senseless Orlando massacre. I send positive healing energy to all of those who were injured as well. I sit here today unable to enjoy my day trying to make some sort of sense of this horrible act of pure hatred. What could possibly make someone to commit such a heinous act of cowardice?

I can’t even fathom some of the rhetoric my own Facebook friends are spreading. 103 people were shot at 2am this morning. 50 of those people were violently murdered. The worst mass murder in modern American history just occurred. Should we really be debating whether this was radical Islamic terrorism or a hate crime?  What the hell is the difference? 50 innocent people were shot down in cold blood and 53 three others are permanently scarred. Isn’t that the point?

This, my blog, where I do my best to spread positive messages in a negative world is now a place where I feel the need to express my frustration, hurt and immense sorrow. Unfortunately I’m not at all surprised another mass shooting happened. Isn’t that awful? In my heart I knew it would happen again someday. What does that even say about me?  What does that say about our society, the world and our desensitization toward violent crimes? If we know it’s going to happen why don’t we do everything we can do to stop it from happening?

I know, I know here comes tree hugger Paul with his “love everyone” message. Well so what, deal with it. Or stop reading if you’d like. But here is the honest truth.  Just because someone is different than us doesn’t make them any less a human being created by God. Whether they believe differently, live differently, eat differently, love differently or even worship differently doesn’t make them a threat to you or me. We must stop fearing all that isn’t the way we are. Fear is a cancer that eats away at our moral fiber and causes us to act in ways that aren’t natural. Fear, when fueled, turns to hate and hate can and does turn to violence.

So yes, LOVE is the ONLY answer! The hate indoctrination that exists in the world must be confronted with love, understanding, acceptance and empathy. To my LGBT friends and family, I’m so sorry this has happened to your community. My wish is to perhaps model our world using the late Muhammed Ali’s life pursuit.  That perhaps some day there won’t be Gay, Straight, Transgender, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist or Agnostic.  There will only be beautiful, different HUMAN BEINGS who were ALL created in our Creators image.

I love you all.