I am horrified, pained, and grieved by the Jerusalem bus bombing yesterday and the slaughter in Kabul today. I feel this way about the seemingly incessant waves of attacks in the Middle East and my own country of the United States these past years. I refuse to become numb to the violence.
We must persist in remaining the empathetic, feeling beings that we truly are. It is the only way we will survive.
We must stop using violence as a means for communication. It only silences, numbs, and divides. Thus, may we be freed from all the barriers that keep us from humanely communicating and collaborating. May we each look within ourselves to discover those barriers: our expectations of others, our fear of vulnerability, of pain, of shame, of our hope being squelched--all our inhibitors. May we then have the courage to go jump off that cliff into the vulnerable abyss to meet the other. Only in our meeting will the bridge of peace appear below our feet.
It is a bridge that can only be created when we each step toward one another. You must choose to take the first step. Only by taking this first step, this choice within your heart, can we all ever hope for peace. And, you can do this. I can do this. We all have it within us--this love more powerful than fear--deep within ourselves. We must bring it to life.
So, seek peace and pursue it, that we may all have the peace and full, whole life we all so deeply desire.