The Tragedy in Connecticut
My heart goes out to the citizens of Connecticut. An act of unconscionable cruelty took the lives of at least 20 children and several adults today. I hope there will be healing and I hope the families will receive the support they need to move pass the pain of such a traumatic event.
My wish is also that whatever is causing this illness in our society is corrected. The fact that we are seeing such a sharp rise in these type of mass murders is symptomatic of a society in crisis.
As president Obama said in a press conference, “As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. We’re going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Peace is the Way
Here is an excerpt from Deepak Chopra’s “Peace is the Way“:
“1. Change doesn’t start on the surface. It’s generated from consciousness. This has been true throughout history
2. We aren’t here to make the world evolve. We are here to evolve as individuals and then to spread that influence.
3. Societies get into the grip of their own self-created story. Wars [and violence] are fueled by victimization that runs deep.
4. Let us not demand of ourselves that we alone must be the agent of change. All we can do is think, act, and say. Let us direct our thoughts, words, and actions to peace.
5. Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren’t opposite—the more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be. Otherwise, we will lose ourselves in conflict, obsessiveness, anxiety over the future, and feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
6. Since most misery is born of failed expectations let us learn to minimize expectations so that we will feel far less guilt and disappointment.
7. We aren’t here to be good or perfect. You aren’t here to be as good as possible. You are here to be as real as possible.
8. I know this sounds difficult, but let us try to be tolerant of intolerance. This is a hard one at times, but if you try the opposite—showing a hard heart against those with hard hearts of their own—all we’ve done is expand the problem.
9. Let us resist the lure of dualities. These include us versus them, civilized versus barbarians, good versus evil.
10. Let’s create an atmosphere of peace around ourselves. Imagine that we are like a mother whose children come home crying about fights at school. Would it be her job to soothe their wounds or to arm them for fighting back tomorrow? Simplistic as it may sound, the male principle of aggression can only be healed by the feminine principle of nurturing and love.”
I think it is the concepts of ‘victimization’ and ‘other’ which leaves the most potential for violence against others. If you feel a victim, then the anger turns outward and those who are not part of your solution become part of your problem. In that case, justification for lashing out begins to take root. Just as significant, categorizing people as ‘other’ allows one to take actions against them that would normally be considered beyond the boundaries of normal conscientiousness.
Let’s all do our part to stop the violence and heal our communities.