At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; on this date, 1977, the
Medal of Freedom was awarded him posthumously.
My experience of Life is that most human beings are afraid of the uniqueness of each person. I’m not sure why. Of course there are exceptions. So, we spend an enormous amount of energy trying to make people fit into “acceptable” boxes …. which results in enormous violence and fear in the World.
It would be an extremely good thing, in my humble opinion, if the human community could make joy in and appreciation of our uniqueness a common project … every religion, every ethnicity, every political system, every philosophy. The loss of the fear of each other would be an enormous boon to our common life.
I give big kudos to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which just changed its canons to make sure that transgendered persons are not discriminated against in any of the structures of the church. One small step.
Today, I’d like to remind us of one key aspect of this process of changing the World and eliminating separation:
Let us be non-violent to ourselves. Let us love ourselves. Let us be determined not to allow ourselves to be defined by other’s fear. In that freedom, let’s invite every person we meet to be true to their uniqueness.
I guarantee the World will be a much better place.