From a distance, many cities look peaceful, but up close, they tell a different story.

The last few days have been intense ones. In a short period of time, there has been a few racially-motivated attacks and murders caught on camera culminating with the very painful loss of George Floyd: a name everyone in the U.S. (and many around the world) now know.

Floyd’s murder was the last straw for many. Anger, pain and frustration became fuel for many in Minneapolis and cities around the U.S. This, plus the mental and economic toil of COVID-19 has also added to the flames erupting everywhere. It’s a sad recurring story with different players and seemingly the same outcomes.

There are so many layers to the issues of today that, at times, it may be difficult to know where or what to tackle first. No matter what the issue, there are those who are hurt, broken, angry, frustrated and even indifferent. When we or others are mistreated, something in us screams for justice and we often want it swiftly. But what kind of justice? And how do we cope when we don’t see perpetrators brought to the justice we would like to see? What does that do to the human mind?

Humanity on a whole needs help. Different cultures, races, peoples, and tribes have experienced mistreatment and oppression by others (or sometimes members of their own group) for years. Before we start looking for solutions, we have to make sure we are identifying the correct problems, because if we only seek to fix each other’s “fruits”, it won’t amount to anything when it’s the “roots” that needs help. So what would you say is the root problem(s) of society? Let’s start there…