Loving One Another


My friend, Jim, sent this message to me today with this introduction, “Thought you might be interested in this note from Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson.”
Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
160 Wintergreen Way,
Rochester, NY 14618.
 
My heart goes out today to the people of Aurora who have suffered this immense and mindless tragedy.  To those who have lost their loved ones and to those who escaped with injuries this incident will never make any sense.  The word WHY? will always haunt them.  Already the nation is screaming for more protection, more security.  And, yes, the Government has already set the security apparatus in motion and we will gladly surrender more of our freedom to be safe.
As much as this is the time for sympathy and healing it is also a time for soul-searching.  It is easy to isolate this incident as an evil act of a madman and tighten security and move on with life.  We have done this over and over again but the scourge of violence refuses to disappear.
Why will it, when we find so much joy in violence and feed our children this diet from the time they learn to walk?  In fact violence has become so pervasive that it has overtaken our speech, entertainment, relationships, politics, culture, religion in fact, every aspect of human life.
In less than 15 years Colorado has suffered three senseless national tragedies in which scores of innocent lives have perished, not to speak of the mindless violence and killings that plague our cities every day.  Just as hate begets more hate, violence begets more violence.  So in the sacred memory of those who have died let us pledge to stop glorifying violence and to build a society of love, compassion, respect and understanding.
With Heartfelt Sympathies,
Arun Gandhi
My dear WordPress friends,
I was more than interested in these comments by Arun Gandhi.  think Mr. Gandhi has made a very valid point. I’m sure it is one many of you have been pondering, too. How can we stop the violence while we glorify it in our society? What can we do to de-glorify violence and glorify compassion, respect, understanding, and love? Do you have any ideas?
Please write your suggestions in the comments area below.
JanBeek ;o)

Comments on: "Gandhi’s Grandson Speaks Out on Violence" (6)

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words said:

    I am not sure there is an answer just yet in the world
    for we seem to have forgotten that imagination is the Spirit of the Soul exploring,
    not only violence and pain, but the stillness in beauty, simple things to glorify
    not destroy….there is always balance, but not in the world today..
    it is very lopsided with all that ego and control…
    a Beautiful post Jan…one to think on….
    Take Care…
    )0(
    maryrose

    • Yes, LadyBlue (MaryRose), you are so right! “Stillness in beauty, things to glorify not destroy” are needed – and balance is lacking. God help us with this “lopsided” world of ego out of control… Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  2. nonviolentconflict said:

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

    • Thank you for reblogging Gandhi’s words of peace and wisdom. He is an inspiration to me, also. God bless you for your non-violent stand! If only the whole world could understand that message!

  3. Live another way and model a different behavior. Children watch and learn. Wise adults do too.

    Russ

    • Watch and learn – what TO do, and what NOT to do – I try to be a good watcher. I bet you are, too, Russ. Thanks for the insightful comment.

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