We are asked to become aware of many things, school zones, flashing lights, and calories to name a few. Awareness has also become the named honor of many days, weeks and even months in our calendar. But what is “being aware” of something exactly? To be conscious, sensitive, knowledgeable of something that exists or you have observed it happening, is to “be aware”.
We have many federal, state, local and non-profit organizations asking that we be aware of many things. We are mindful of homelessness, conscious of mental illness, perceptive of rape, interested in domestic violence, attentive to hunger, discerning of disabilities, cognizant of breast cancer, and experienced about PTSD.
Aware is a nice PR word advocating for something, but being aware does not bring about a need for an end. Requesting someone be aware of sex trafficking is only asking that they be informed and attentive, it is not asking for a stop to sex trafficking nor is it asking to charge the ignorant (which is the opposite of aware by the way).
So when are we going to go from requesting people be aware to demanding them to halt, prevent, end, block, cease, bar, prohibit, sojourn, or impede the many things that need to stop.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, thank you for being aware, if you are not I will give this one time to do so, but now being aware is not ending this major issue. Its time to stop Domestic Violence and so much more.