The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In light of recent events, the Basal Evolution Challenge for Week #17 is a little different.
It was difficult to go to school today. As a teacher, the recent horrific tragedy hit close to home.
My heart aches.
My thoughts, prayers, and many, many hugs go out to everyone involved.
What’s the solution?
I have no idea.
What I do know is that there are more than likely multiple “Adam Lanzas” in the world today. We have seen this to be true with the multiple shootings that have occurred in our country alone.
I also know we can’t enact world peace overnight.
But we sure as hell can take one step in that direction. Or two or three or four.
Again, in the words of MLK “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
The challenge of the week is to spread love in multiple ways….
1. Conduct 1 random act of kindness (even opening a door, or letting someone go before you in the grocery store check out line).
2. Give 1 compliment to a stranger (if you see a random lady at Starbucks and you really like her shoes, tell her!) You never know when you will make someone’s day.
3. Smile at a random person. Just because.
4. Before getting angry/yelling at a friend, relative, spouse, person in the car behind/in front of you, stranger, etc.,- try to understand their story…their background….their circumstances… realize you may not know the full story…
I definitely am not perfect, nor do I think this will cure all the troubles in the world, but like I said before, it doesn’t hurt to try, one smile, one compliment, at a time.
“Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sounds. By such means, …awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world. If we get in touch with the suffering of the world, and are moved by that suffering, we may come forward to help the people who are suffering.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
prayers and happy evolving.