Sydney siege, news of school children in Pakistan, news of children’s bodies in Cairns. It seems that the tide of violence is coming more and more to our attention.
No just society can ignore when so many of its members are lost to it.
It’s like losing our heart, our fingers, our dreams.
The scale may be thousands, hundreds or a few.
But all lost are precious.
All should have had a chance to continue their lives and make a contribution.
Including the unhinged and the violent. They need to find other ways to deal with their issues.
Violence is a sign of the absence of peace (and at so many levels).
It’s not a time to feel powerless.
It’s not going to help to ignore its reality.
It will keep happening until we can send so much love out into the world it won’t happen again.
It’s a time to have a #strongerthoughtoflove #strongeractionoflove for every perpetration of violence whatever its cause or outcome.
Religions, gender, mental illness, violence is still violence, and those on the receiving end don’t deserve what happens to them.
They are innocents caught in its wave.
Violence is violence and there can be no justification for those who take the lives that had so much more to offer.
It there any society untouched by it? Is there any country not in its grip?
If we just rise with each media tide and then forget or lessen our efforts we are not really going to make a difference for a long period of time.
We need to rise with each tide we see and create a Stronger wave of love. We need to offer comfort for those affected by the reported violence, but also the violence that might be nearby – in our neighbourhood, in a family we might know of.
Also this week #illridewithyou- a sign of hope. We need more though! We need more love, more actions, diverse actions for diverse situation and peoples. We need to reach out and create a fabric of love in our community that welcomes all, heals all, and makes no-one outcast, lost and feel any need for attacking others.
As a poet I want to write poems and songs that are about the power of love. I want to sing them to my friends. I will send blessings, and material support to my friend in the Philippines, who is using music to heal others. My thought of love today is strengthened by all the beautiful people in the world who embody this in action.
The next time someone tells me they are scared because they are under threat of violence or becoming violent themselves, I want to make sure they get the help and support they need. I have done this in the past and I pledge to do it again.
What is your #strongerthoughtoflove? What will be your #strongeractionoflove?
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