A Response To Violence And Tragedy

uscBy Will Davis (Guest Post)

Today, while walking, my thoughts were pulled toward the tragedies that occurred over the weekend. I saw something that caused this reflection. It was a quote by the His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, I saw posted, a quote that expressed my own feelings at first, “I am not ready to comment…” It was with another statement that has become quite popular by the Dalai Lama, “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”

Tragedy, it would seem is a double edge sword. One side cuts and is painful and bleeds. The other side gives cause for introspection, self-reflection. On either side, there will be detractors and champions. Too often tragedy is used as a platform to further some other ideology. And, it would seem that it is becoming all too common place. It would seem that we humans immediately go into denial when something tragic happens and also pluck up the immortality card and hold it very tight. For the great majority, those things happen somewhere else, far away, not here or to me. We can feel momentary sympathy, suck our teeth and shake our heads, then go on about our daily lives, nor do I think that, that is untoward. It is simply human nature.

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