This is from David Ault, Spiritual Living Center, Atlanta, GA.
"There is no 'their children' - it is our children.
"There is no 'their mental illness' - it is our mental illness.
"This is not isolated - this is another effect from a long standing cause.
"Separation of any kind is the ogre we all continue to feed, whether it is Christians thinking they are righteously superior over the Muslims or the Muslims over the Christians. It is Israel and Palestine, gay and straight, black and white, even men and women. It is you against me and me against you. It ALL is separation proudly broadcasting its ignorance through our political and social systems and ignorance that fuels our fears when we refuse to accept anything that might be different than our front-porch comfort zone. The greatest acts of hypocrisy are committed when any of us saddle up and ride our high horses of superiority or grovel in the gutters of our own self loathing. We must accept that each and every breathing soul is equally valuable or we are all pulling triggers.
"Legislation alone will never repair what is broken if we first do not repair the thoughts about one another that brought us to the banks of this bitter river. Our condolences must be accompanied by our forgiveness towards everyone and to ourselves."
And I would add that our condolences must also be accompanied by action - action to define, fund, and establish processes for supporting those of us who are feeling marginalized or isolated; processes for reducing the types of guns available for purchase and the number of guns on our streets; processes for dialogue - respectful, healthy dialogue - in the face of conflict. Let us each take pause to review what in our lives we can transform to bring forward respect, love and peace in our relationships, our work, our play and our world. It is up to us!