Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Riots

Watched the protests & riots last night with a heavy heart. Disagreeing with an action, a group or a person does not give anyone the right to destroy property or harm others. 

Civil, non-violent disagreement represents enlightenment. Also helps others understand your view. Interjecting violence or name-calling helps no one. Harms both sides emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally.

I read parts of the Grand Jury report while watching people protest and riot. The evidence did not support an indictment of Officer Wilson. That's the purpose of a Grand Jury: deciding if enough evidence exists for criminal charges and a trial. 

How do I know this? My experience as a crime victim advocate/counselor and my personal experience as a survivor of double-homicide. When you're exposed to the criminal justice system first-hand, you learn how our system works. You learn how Grand Juries and trial juries view evidence meticulously, thoroughly and without prejudice. You learn what Blind Justice means - even if you don't agree with it. Our system is based on innocence until proven guilty. It doesn't matter if you're the defendant or victim. Our laws protect both parties; ultimately protecting our society from undue harm. 

If everyone in our society chose to react violently when we disagreed with something or someone, our country would be lawless and unsafe.

Encouraging mayhem and riots goes against written laws and Spiritual Laws. Any time we choose to encourage or act out less-enlightened actions, part of our soul rips. Violence, name-calling, hatred and intolerance tears part of our soul. Takes a while to repair that tear: weeks, months, years or decades. Encouraging or acting out mayhem is a choice; not fate nor destiny. Life on this Earthly plane can be challenging. Why add more work to do?

As a survivor of homicide, I feel great sorrow for the Brown family. Their son was killed. I've known other parents whose kids were killed and "justice not served" due to lack of evidence. But we cannot allow raw grieving emotion to influence Blind Justice.

Unfortunately, their son robbed a store, assaulted the manager, then assaulted a police officer - twice. That does not mean he deserved to die. Brown's actions and Officer Wilson's reactions don't justify more violence nor death threats to Wilson. Yet that's what has occurred.

Everything about Brown's death is tragic. There's no reason to add more tragic components.

Information is a powerful tool for creating peace and balance. Learning the facts, arming ourselves with quality information (e.g. Grand Jury report now an open record), wipes away confusion, raw emotion and helps us understand how tragedies happen and how we can prevent them. That's part of our soul destiny as a group: Learn what creates imbalances, fears, tragedies. Prevent or minimize them.


Robin Amanda Kelley
Sedona Spirit Psychic
Website: http://www.sedonaspirit.us

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