We can’t escape the truth. Humankind is our own worst enemy.

We give to charities. We pray.

But we live in a state of unconsciousness. Our children are now victims of violence.

The entertainment media sells violence. We watch it.

We buy guns to protect ourselves. But where do we stop the violence?

At home.

My wish for this holiday season is for parents, relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Everybody wake up. Look at people differently than you have before.

Understand and help one another. Then rate your ability to prevent violence with a star.

Share this message with everybody you care for.

This holiday message has been inspired by Dave Matthews song, Everybody Wake Up.

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