Want To Stop Violence? Start With Yourself
Yesterday, I was sent a very graphic video of the atrocities being committed in Bahrain. The video was 10 minutes long, but I have to confess I had to stop half way into it. I have no interest in sharing the details of the video. It suffices to say it was real and it was close up.
My first reaction was to think how silly I am to have created The Love Project Inc. as a forum to inspire myself and others to lead lives with greater honesty, courage and love.
Watching this video, the images of violence and horror sobered me to a world that has never been part of mine, but which is alive and well, and with consequences affecting all of us. In that moment I thought; no more Love Project. It is a naïve attempt in front of such powerful destruction.
I then realized I was not going to get on a plane and go to Bahrain, or Libya, or Afghanistan or any part of the world where war and violence rages. Nor did I truly understand how can a man kill and maim another with such viciousness. But what I do know is how to work through my own conflicts and shortcomings and share my journey with others. I also know how to keep reminding myself and others of a way of life that is more inspired by kindness than by violence. And maybe we can create a powerful community where our sense of value – love and compassion – would spread to other worlds.
I am reminded of a quote I read some time ago by Buckminster Fuller, the famous architect, poet and philosopher: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” So while I can’t stand in front of a gun to try to make its bullets stop, I can try to help create a world where flying bullets are not part of it. Will you help me? It starts with each one of us.
Happy Passover. Happy Easter.