False: It is possible to work against ideas and actions which run counter to your own without hating the people who espouse and act upon them. For example, I can love and feel compassion for the person who created this meme, even though I feel its underlying philosophy is generally […]
Posts Tagged With ‘violence’
To be, acknowledge you are
To be loved, love. To be forgiven, forgive. To be happy, choose happiness. To be wealthy, acknowledge the wealth you possess. To be successful, measure the love in your life, not its deeds. To end violence, offer peace. To receive, give. To be wise, live.
When I choose to live in my fear, my anger, my hate I see the world through eyes that fear I hear the song of anger in every note I taste hatred as if all sustenance were the bitterest root In my mind I place the world of power, control […]
One and All
It is through our perception of this realm of manifestation And our will to reason about all we perceive That we learn to believe in opposites. Beauty & Ugliness Love & Hatred Good & Evil Only words. Only names for the unnameable. The concepts they speak of, Only manifestations of […]
Helpless in our anger
Helpless in our anger Courage borne of anger Delivers none from sorrow. Anger begets violence Upon body, mind and spirit. Violence begets harm. Harm begets sorrow. On victim and Instigator alike. Ever so, this cycle of suffering, Helpless in our anger.
Ancients and Contemporaries ~ timeless wisdom about violence
The use of force is a last resort. One aspect of violence is that it is unpredictable. Although your initial intention may be to use limited force, once you have engaged in violence the consequences are unpredictable. Violence always brings about unexpected results and almost always provokes retaliation.
War Prayers ~ Mark Twain and Lao Tse on the artlessness of war
Yesterday the people of The United States of America marked Memorial Day. It’s a day of baseball, hot dogs and apple pie, of families and communities gathering to celebrate the arrival of summer. It’s a day of flags and bunting and red, white & blue and national pride, and a […]
Peter Gabriel & Ken Follet: Fear, the mother of violence
A while ago I was reading Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth. Set amidst the brutality of the English middle ages, it’s interesting to see how all Follet’s characters experience fear, and more interesting how they respond to it and how, oftentimes, they are controlled by it, particularly the […]