Originally posted here on Oct. 19, 2015.
I am starting to see very clearly that there are those people who have the moral and emotional intelligence to understand two sides of a conflict, two enemies at once, and there are those who need to demonize someone in every situation. There are those who can empathize with their own community and with another, and there are those who at every turn look to demonize one group and whitewash their own. These are two camps of humanity, one with an evolved mind, and one with a primitive mind. Educational levels and graduate degrees having nothing to do with these two camps.
I am horrified by the mob mentality, I am saddened by many people I have helped and defended, not from my own community, who the first chance they get, join virtual lynch mobs.
The fact is that it is easy to …
Every day is judgment day
When you are mad with vision,
When the world as it is,
And the world as it should be,
Are enemies to the core.
Every day is judgment day,
When you see what you could be,
And peer at what you are.
Every day is judgment day,
When every day,
Every damn day,
Someone else, someone new,
Looks at you for help,
For your power,
Which is an illusion.
This morning, I was privileged to talk at an great event of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, as one of the speakers.
Please check out the website and the video of this whole event.
“IS THE WORLD FALLING APART?”
September 16, 2014
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum
at Kennedy Auditorium, SAIS- Johns Hopkins University
If you cannot find God,
Find the persecuted,
Then you are home.
Tribalism is an infectious disease
Human rights is the antidote
But force feeding can kill the patient
Some battles that you want to win,
Will defeat you if you win.
Some battles if you lose,
Then you will win.
Blessed be reason.
(Photo: A Different Angle)
It is a law:
Violence begets nonviolence,
Like a tulip in winter,
In all places,
In all cultures.
But only those
With eyes wide open
Can see it,
In the middle of
The most important turning point
for any civilization passing from darkness into light
is every moment
that a weapon passes
from someone who has no self control
and no compassion
to someone who does.…
Very important Muslim statement on IS.
A statement on the Imams Online website says, “Senior British imams have come together to emphasize the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.”
Click here to read the whole article.
SHADES OF HEAVEN
When a theologian of another religion says what you were thinking the moment before it comes out of your mouth #syria, with the Bosnian hero Father Ivo.
The warrior is born at 15000 feet,
With the press of a thumb.
The anti-warrior is born underneath cement,
With the press of a shovel,
(Photo: Now Media)…
The moment the country says, they made me do it, you know you are in a morally bankrupt situation.
The moment the country says the other side is worse, start sheltering the women and children.
REFLECTIONS ON THE EXERCISE OF POWER IN A TIME OF WAR
Hold on to both justice and love at the same time. Few people can.
Inspired by Cyrus of Persia: Loving your enemy is not necessarily for ethical reasons. It is often the best strategy.
Beware of dark texts, images and thoughts,
That repeat themselves involuntarily
in your mind.
They are the bars,
On the windows,
Of the prison,
Of your mind.
New thoughts, texts and images,
Are your tunnels,
(Photo source: Engines of Our Ingenuity)…