If it was not for the goals I have set in my life and that of The LightHouse, I would be so depressed and saddened by the violence that Toronto has been plagued with lately.

Two more shootings of youth again today. One yesterday, a woman murdered the day before that. What has happened to modern society that we live in such barbaric ways?

We all claim to live in the best of times, but I find this to be an untruth. We COULD live in that type of time, but we have become lost in our quest for the fastest wealth, the “keeping up with the Jones“, sexual conquers and living a life centered on our individual self.

Society is supposed to be governed by citizens who work together for the betterment of all. This is not just a utopian theory, but also, a genetically implanted characteristic. Human’s are a “society” based species. We have hunted, gathered and protected each other since the beginning of our time.

We do not do that anymore. Our lives are continuously being bombarded with images of expensive non-necessities, alcohol, sexual imagery and ‘so-called’ perfect bodies. The television show that teaches ‘true’ family values and morals are almost nonexistent.

We all need to step back, assess our world and then walk forward to a better pathway in life.

Our youth need us more than at any other period in mankind’s recorded history. The past few generations of teenage parents have, unfortunately, brought forth at least two generations of dysfunctional family structure. The wisdom of the “elders” is not present because the elders have not yet become aged and learned sufficiently.

I am worried about all three of my sons and what their world will be like in ten years. My boys are thirty-one, twenty-two and nine years of age. Three separate generations in one sibling string. Three very different outlooks upon their world and what they face in the years to come. My only relief is knowing that I have done my best to raise them with morals, compassion, forgiveness and respect for their fellow mankind.

Education of the youth is the main recourse in setting us all back on track. We have to educate, lead by example and provide resources for these youth. We have to do this yesterday, preferably today and if not, definitely starting tomorrow.

To put on the evening news every night to hear that once again our city has become a battle ground is sad. Sad is the only word to describe it. Sad. Sad for the victims, sad for the child with the gun, sad for the families of both the victims and the accused.

Sad that we have all let this get so broken.

CONFIDENT THAT WHEN SOMETHING IS BROKEN IT CAN BE REPAIRED BY THE RIGHT PERSON. WE ARE THAT PERSON. LET’S FIX THIS NOW!!!!

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