So many comments on Ferguson today. My Facebook and newsfeeds are jamming up full. And I'm not even sure I have an opinion.
Or do I have too many opinions. It's so easy to judge and to say "listen here".
And yet I have no idea what it's like to be a cop and feel threatened. I don't know what it's like to feel oppressed by a cop.
But I do know what it's like to feel scared. And feeling scared sucks. And I suspect both sides had a pretty big dose.
To even write about Ferguson scares me. And if I'm honest with myself, I fear I'll be judged. What will people think? If I take a side, either side, it feels like I'm condoning something terrible. And this is the part that scares me most.
But then I'm reminded I don't have to take a side. It's not my place to judge.
The question is not what should have happened. Those decisions are in the past and far out of my control. I'm curious more to see what we'll learn. What can we do today and tomorrow to help everyone find better decisions the next time around.
And this is where talking can become important again. Because decisions are made by choice. And choices are made by choosing between available options. And options are something we can create and offer one another. And the more options we offer, the more opportunity we'll all have to find.