|Posted by John R. Daubney on October 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM|
So often passion comes from something a person views as wrong and personally painful. Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, and Bill Wilson, founder of AA, are examples of historical figures who have been energized to create change and empowerment for others through the pain they have experienced. Everyday people are motivated in the same ways.
When I feel great anguish about what I view as wrong and hurtful tp others I ask myself if there is anything I can do. This is seldom a question I can answer immediately because strong emotions can sometimes be irrational and must be allowed to simmer down in order to get a proper spiritual read on how or whether to proceed with action.
Case in point is my reaction today to some of the news media's jubilation and glee over the brutal death and apparent street execution of Libyan Dictator Mommar , I felt a strange mixture of relief and sickening revulsion. It was much the same as I experienced as a kid watching the movies when the "bad guy," often the James Cagney Edward G. Robinson character, would be machine-gunned or electrocuted by the police for crimes he'd committed. I felt as much sadness for them as for their victims, sometimes more. Even as a kid, a cold-blooded, socially sanctioned murder of a criminal seemed so sinister and evil. Seeing Khadafy brutalized steels me even more in my passion for creating peace in all I do. Love not hate is always the answer as far as I'm concerned.
For those of us who believe we are all God's children, we must ask ourselves how we could be jubilant to see any one of our family mambers' lives - saint or sinner - diminished in such a way. When we torture and murder anyone, and then revel in that act we stoop to the level of the spectators in the Roman Coliseum who would yell and scream for the death of a downed gladiator. It is understandable to be jubilant and relieved when a dangerous dictator or tyrant is captured and removed from power but when we treat them inhumanely we invite revenge and like treatment when we are seen as doing wrong ourselves. When one of us is treated brutally and disrepectfully we all pay the price.
The tabloid revelations that the "executioner" of KIhadafy was a Yankee fan trivialized a brutal act and left me wondering who we are as a people, and as brothers and sisters in this human family? I guess it is the pain of seeing such occurrences that motivate me to the best of my abilities andin my limited capacities, to do what I can to bring peace and civility into my little corner of the world. I pray that all of you who experience pain or sadness over injustice of any kind will ask, "what can I do?' and how can I use my gifts to bring about love in the world.