We are all Trayvon Martin. And we are all George Zimmerman.

The rendered verdict does not ease the pain of Trayvon’s family. It does little to truly release Zimmerman from the emotional, societal or possibly financial burdens that result from taking the life of another. Nor will it diminish continued chasm between our belief that we are a society of reasonable people, equally viewed and respected regardless of race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation. Because the truth is that we are and will likely always be a nation of Trayvon Martins and George Zimmermans. Each and every one of us.

Who of us has not felt stereotyped at some point in their lives, some more often than others, but likely every soul has felt maligned without cause.

And which of us can honestly say we haven’t implicated others for reasons we knew were unjustifiable by the most fundamental laws of humanity. It is a trait shared amongst even the most pious of us.

Sadly, we live in a world where some feel the need to arm themselves with weapons in order to feel safe. A world where our children are burdened with the very real possibility of harm, physical or otherwise, merely by the ill-advised choices they make in their youth.

I did not spend any time watching the trial. It meant little to me in terms of how I would feel about the tragedy that occurred. Regardless of the verdict my heart would still be troubled. Because I can understand the Why and the How of what happened.

My hope is that we as a nation will not just see the need to change, but change indeed. That we will recognize the value of life to the extent that we are willing to risk the individual in order to save the whole. That society will so abhor discrimination and persecution, be so committed to the upbringing of our children with an undeniable knowledge of what is good and proper, that one day a George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin can both live in peace and harmony.