Just as a warning, if you don’t have a seriously sick and twisted sense of humor like I sometimes do, you may want to skip today’s post. Everybody else…

I want to talk about something that really needs to be talked about. Today’s post needs to be discussed and it needs to be shared. I’m sure I will step on many toes in the process, but I feel that it’s necessary if we are to actually make change happen. Today, I’m talking about murder.

I am at my whit’s end with it. I am fed up with it. I am done with it. It is wrong. Am I the only one who thinks so? I pray that’s not the case.

How do we not see how disgustingly wrong it is to kill another person? How is it that so many of us participate in it, and so few of us seem to care? Two or three decades ago people cared. People actually thought it was wrong to kill another person. Now… I weep over what we as a people have become.

The other day I was out cleaning my yard. I looked across the street and I saw my neighbor mowing over a pedestrian with his car. My neighbor was laughing. He thought it was… funny. I went and asked him why he did it. His only response was, “why wouldn’t I?”

Last week I was at a nice restaurant enjoying a juicy and tender steak when commotion erupted in the kitchen. I looked back through the serving window and could see a chef smashing another chef’s head between the two sides of a grill press. After that he strangled him until his entire body went limp. I looked around the restaurant. Nobody seemed to care. People just went about their meals as if nothing had happened. It was just like any other day for them.

Two months ago I was driving past an office building. Three guys had another pinned against the wall of the building. They were doing something that involved clubs and cimeters. I couldn’t watch. A man in a suit was standing in the parking lot watching. Somewhat amused, it seemed.

Everywhere I go, I see people killing other people. Why? Can’t we see how precious each human life is? Can’t we understand how reckless and careless such actions are? Don’t we care about those who are left behind in the ugly aftermath?

It is time we stop killing our friends. It is time we stop killing our family members. It is time we stop killing our co-workers, our neighbors, and our fellow church members. It is time that we take a step back and ask ourselves, very seriously, would I want to be killed for no good reason?

I know I wouldn’t.

And I’m betting you wouldn’t either.

If we don’t do something about this soon, chances are you or I could be next. Stop and think about that for a minute. Let it sink in. Let it stir something within you.

And then, let’s you and I together, stand up and demand change. When we see senseless killing going on, let’s tell the people doing the killing that we don’t agree. Let’s tell them we think it’s wrong. Let’s let them know that some people aren’t okay with it.

Until we do, we can’t expect change to happen. We can’t expect others to put down their machetes or their 9mms. We can’t expect the world to magically change just because we want it to. We have to act, and we have to act now.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Happy April Fools Day. My favorite holiday.

For those of you not familiar with the holiday, you need to be! April Fools Day is a day of pranks and jokes. Absurd silliness, and all out fun. Nothing needs to make sense today!

I always count down to April first. I love it. I love pranks, both dishing out and receiving. What are your favorite April Fools Day pranks or tricks? Do you love it as much as I do? And, most importantly, are you willing to stand up with me and declare that murder is wrong!?

PS. For those who don’t understand the holiday, this entire post is just meant to be funny, sarcastic, and silly. I certainly mean no disrespect to anybody or to make light of any real situations.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!