Tonight I was walking home and a fight started right in front of me on a busy street in mid-town. Three guys beat up one guy until he was laying on the ground not moving. I have not witnessed violence like that in a long time and it was intense; it sent a jolt through my body and made me cry.
I literally cannot understand how people can beat on other people. I have been extremely fortunate to not be exposed to much violence in my life and I know that sadly that is more uncommon than it is common. But, I have always been especially sensitive to seeing and hearing about violence of any kind. I can't even imagine what is feels like to physically hurt another person with my strength or cause intentional pain. It shocks and horrifies me to see people make that choice, especially when people who act out or provoke others are just poorly expressing their own pain, whether its conscious or unconscious. Accidents happen and there is enough unavoidable suffering in this world without people actively choosing violence.
Tonight was an vivid reminder that I am incredibly lucky to have lived and currently have the life circumstances that I do. And, also that human beings need less violence and much more healing. Please be thoughtful and kind. To everyone in pain, I wish you relief and peace. <3