Category Archives: non-violence

The never-ending cycle of violence — school shootings, genocide and war

cycle of violence

Read the news, and you will be presented with the daily tragedies.

“Ukraine says Malaysian Airliner with 295 Aboard Shot Down”

“Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War”

This one headline captured the essence of the violent world:

“Oregon shooting: ‘This is becoming the norm’ — but will anything change?”

There’s no rational explanation for our society’s cycle of violence. Nor is there a rational explanation for why someone would take innocent lives, whether in the form of a school shooting, downing an aircraft, or kidnapping and then killing the innocent, which starts a war. All those events succeed to keep us living in a state of fear.

Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Fear is a very powerful force; it keeps the mind busy with ‘what if’ scenarios, always thinking of ways to keep us safe when there is no immediate danger. If there is immediate danger, we must take action or perish.

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When Mental Chatter Leads to Brain-Induced Road Rage

road rageWhen I was driving down a highway going 60 mph,   sometimes I got stuck behind someone that is doing 50 mpg; ROAD RAGE!

The mental chatter was telling me that I must drive 60 mph.  I began to look for a passing opportunity; if none were found then I would flash my lights.   Right now, I was suffering.   I was unhappy going 50 mph.   It did not match my need to go 60 mph. There was an internal conflict, the root of all suffering.

I didn’t consider the other drive. I wasn’t plugged into their brain to know why their program is set at 50 mph.   Perhaps they had a rough day, sick and have a headache.  There are 1000 reasons why they are driving at this slower speed.   It was ironic; I later became the driver going 50 mph from the MS.

The above situation will turn violet if the road rage is strong enough; he flipped me the finger when lights were flashed at him.   This is how our thoughts create a lot of chaos in life.   The mental chatter from the brain was not allowing compassion for this other driver.   Have compassion for yourself and all beings everywhere.

Remembering Gandhi

Today marks Ghandi’s 144th birthday.

A testament to his non-violence nature  is that today’s also marks the day for International Day on Non-Violence.

He knew that violence accomplished nothing.    People think that  violence can  accomplish something.   All it does is provide the satisfaction of the ego that you are “right” and they are “wrong.”    For the folks that are “wrong”  they are rewarded with unnecessary suffering due to your mind wanting to be “right.”

He said this quote ;”You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

So before you strike out against another man/woman,  stop and realize that you are part of the ocean of humanity.    We tend to think we are separate from each other but when it fact we are all made of the same stuff and at the core of our being the consciousness is the same.  Our mind is blind to this fact and continues to cause us to believe in our egoic thoughts.  Our ego keeps the illusion of separation and you become better than another.

No one is better or less than yourself.    We are equal.

Wishing you peace and love.