I know in some of the most ancient books I’ve read, people are constantly being warned against seeking revenge just for the sake of revenge. It’s bad karma. It turns the victims into perpetrators. It adds another crime to the list of crimes already committed. So how do we stand up for ourselves and show some real courage and recognize the blessings of an ultimate good in the universe without resorting to violence in return for violence of some fearful kind? To even ask this question makes me sad. I know we have every right to defend ourselves and our loved ones, but we can’t make that anger the central core to our daily reality, or it will always come to the forefront of our attempts to communicate with one another and block the strength and clarity of our natural minds and hearts.
It seems to me that each and every day we get another wonderful chance to make our unique way on the planet, to project an ideal feeling about this life in general, to envision the beautiful person we are still constantly hopefully becoming, and establish an on-going dialogue with the world around us. This in itself is filled with an incredible potential right now for change, for growth, for prosperity, for energy. You don’t need a cheerleader, and I don’t mean to be one. All I’m saying is, to quote John Lennon, give peace a chance. There are plenty of challenges ahead. I believe you are stronger than hate. I believe your compassion is deeper than hate. I believe your soul and mine, too, are limitless in their capacity for containing and sharing joyful things, but we can only soar that high if we are willing to put down our fists first, knowing that they are there if we need them, not as mindless ready spears, but as ready steady guards for one and all.