The second murder victim of the year has a name: Dean Josie
I haven't mentioned it yet, mostly because I don't know what to say.
Sometimes the darkness is overwhelming and dispiriting. It runs just beneath the surface here. The clear divide between the have and the have nots is as easy to see as driving from one end of the city to the other.
It's not as simple a classification to make as the rich and the poor, or the healthy and the broken. That would be too easy a separation to make. It would also be untrue.
It's the human condition at the end of it's rope.
It's about addiction, lovelessness, and people going where their hearts push them to go.
It's been said by people way smarter than I, that the only way to overcome evil is with good. Which is an interesting response, given that my inner gut reaction is anything but good. If I go with my inner gut reaction, I will become as those teens are, and I will propagate the evil, in me and my community.
But overcoming evil with good is the only chance a community or an individual has to stop that kind of violence. It's the only way out of the depths of loss and pain for a city reeling from the violence.
Otherwise, the violence eats you alive, and you become like that you despise.
So I need to ask myself the question today, in the world in which I live, how will I overcome evil with good?
And because we are community, I need to ask you the same thing.
Today, in the world in which we live, how will we overcome evil with good?