I was thinking the other night about some of the negative observations that float around those magic invisible waves that flood our mobile devices with information (and certainly a fair share of misinformation).
What sparked my train of thought was the perception of non-diversity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when “three more white men from Utah” were called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
As I lay in bed staring at what would be the ceiling if I could see it, my thoughts turned a little angry as I thought: Why do you care?
You know, if someone isn’t a member of the church or doesn’t believe in the witness of the spirit that clearly testifies that these are who the Lord has chosen, then why would they even spend time thinking about it?
No really … why?
The way my mind zooms around from thought to thought, that made me finally land back on the question itself, and I realized that there are, in fact, four questions within the one.
WHY do you care?
Why DO you care?
Why do YOU care?
Why do you CARE?
Think about it for a moment. Each asks us to reflect on a different nuance of where someone’s thoughts are, or may be headed, or have been. Kind of deep, I know; but that’s me – a deeply feeling person.
Let’s pull it apart.
YOU makes it PERSONAL: once the question has been asked, anonymity is lost and individuality is identified; accountability is now attached to the answer and the asker has to take a position, one way or the other.
After this bit of illumination it was kind of hard for me to just think of the person as a nuisance, someone I wanted to simply but angrily dismiss as being a trouble maker.
This trouble maker had now become a person with reasons, motivations, personal investment, and their own belief system.
These defining factors combined with each unique person who has a question about something would indicate that each petition is most likely at least a little bit different than the last.
You know what’s coming, but I’ll say it anyway.
Why do I care?
I guess if I’m really honest with myself, it’s because questions are being raised about things that are deeply important to me, and I sincerely want to understand why the inquiry was made. This will help me decide what I may or may not be able to do about it, but that’s as it should be. My belief system tells me that it is good to care.
You know, care about the particular one, and not get lost in the anonymous all.
There are many issues out there that merit our meditation: gun rights vs. restrictions, pro-life vs. pro-choice, gay marriage vs. traditional marriage, the mentally ill’s freedom vs. society’s safety, democrat vs. republican, moderate vs. progressive/conservative, separation of church and state vs. religious freedom and liberty for all, military action vs. diplomacy, analog vs. digital…
I’m sure that you can think of more than I can, but you get the idea.
As members of the human race, we have the obligation to find the issue that reaches out and grabs our attention. The possibilities are endless.
Then go ahead and ask yourself:
Why do they care?
and just as important
Why do I care?
It’s okay to ask.
And to be asked.
Because we care.