Israelies and Palestinians, sadly, are not the first people presented with the problem of “how do I not kill someone who is trying to kill me?”
This is a very important question. Can you answer it for yourself? Do you have a response for yourself, if you can even conceive of this as possible? For if you can not, do not worry, it is a common dilemma, and one that most of us are not prepared to confront.
Others have to confront it on a near daily basis.
This could be the one most important question human beings have ever been confronted with.
The effective strategy of conflict resolution remains one of the most elusive evolutions humanity has yet to bridge.
We just can not figure out how not to kill each other. We seem pretty smart, this should be easy. We also, can’t figure out how not to kill animals,
Or plants, or trees, or well, a number of things that we just have to destroy, in order to “survive”.
So lets all admit,
This is certainly NOT an issue that is Israeli, or Palestinian, but rather, a question we as human beings are in constant play with, perhaps uneccessarily so. Do we HAVE to go out of our houses everyday with a possible threat of nuclear war at any given moment?? That is pretty gnarly. And yet, we all seem to be accepting it and realize, we could get stabbed, raped or worse on our ways to work everyday.
No one is safe, killing happens. Period.
Now if we can, for one moment examine some things that Human beings have managed to make outmoded, we find that there have been some accomplishments here, though sadly, nearly none of those on a widespread level have to do with giving up something desirable ( we just HAVE to get what we want and we want it NOW!).
Most of us, in reality, can’t even forgive people who are dicks to us, much less some serious life threatening offense.
What if we, collectively as human beings can all agree to stop killing each other?
The problem is, that would mean every single individual on the face of the earth would have to get an answer to the above question. Everyone.
We have been hot since Cain and Abel, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change now.
Now, we can philosophically answer this question and be all high and mighty and say OF COURSE I can not kill people. But none of these answers are valid, because you could quickly change your mind if presented with the real scenario. We can only get good data on this question if you actually DO MANAGE to not kill someone who is trying to kill you. So the question more should be, “who has ever accomplished that tremendous feat?”
Do YOU think you could manage to NOT kill someone who had killed all your children? And the Children of your grandparents? Could you not kill them? Could you not kill baby rapists and Adolf Hitler? If you can ask yourself this challenging question, and arrive at an answer you still don’t count because you aren’t being faced with doing it now.
We must look to the people who have done just this, and we must look hard. For there we shall find the answer to this very very important question, that already exists in the minds, hearts and actions of a few.
We may look to the courageous and strong souled people of Africa for assistance in the situation now enguilfing Israel and Palestine.
Certainly, Africa provides us with their everliving spirit in these matters as evidenced in the current actions of forgiveness underway in Rwanda. These are VERY IMPORTANT because they prove that it IS possible, and they ARE doing it. Please, take a moment and appreciate the severity of beauty in these actions.
Sometimes, a resolution to any matter is not through use of force on either side ever. Those solutions and resolutions exist and are real.
Those who once were laid in chains before our eyes and suffered at our nations hands, now walk among us striving and struggling for peace in their lives as much as any other human being.
The African American population in the United States are living proof that human beings can live among our own murderers. And Goddamn if that ain’t some shit.
Through forgiveness alone, a breathtaking superpower, are the Black people able to not slay murder and rape every last white person on the planet for our ancestors actions. One might argue, that it is not through forgiveness, but economic entrapment, that the Black people do not rise up and assassinate every last one of us, but in fact, each individual in this racial category surely learns at some point in ther life, what has happened, and each individual makes the conscious choice to continue engaging with the rest of americans every day. So to me, that is evidence enough of the strength humanity is capable of.
If Martin Luther King Jr can have the balls to be kind and forgive us all, then what the heck is stopping everyone else from doing it?
For that matter we may begin to increase our scope and examine HOW MANY peoples and nations have suffered innumerable suffering for generations at the hands of tyrannical INSANE dominators and we find,
This is unfortunately so prevelant it is the norm rather than the exception.
This is not to ever discount or discard the suffering of ANY ONE OF THEM, but rather to acknowledge it as a sad fact of the current level of Humanity.
The fact that Native Americans will even HOLD CONVERSATIONS with us MUST be recognized as a sheer force of love that refuses to die within the human spirit. If you can imagine the strength it would take to look in the eye and talk to an individual whose ancestors murdered all your children, you are only a sliver of a slice to close to the reality of such an event.
Jewish people all over Europe LIVE with the descendants of the NAZIS. I want to copy and paste that sentence like three times!
The Extraordinary powers of forgiveness that lay withing the hearts of these NOBLE and ROYAL people, who are able to forgive atrolcities and not live in rage and anger is the purest form of gold.
As all former slaves now forgive and adjust, through love all over the world, we can do them the deserved honor of recognizing the value of these daily actions.
Actions made only in the interest of humanity,
We can all learn from them and their ways,
We could avoid any condemnation of any of the children of our one mother, the mother whose name is EARTH, and we can make the garden of Eden for all of us for all time.
Let us pray that we all might have such strength
To stand in the face of our oppressors, murderers and enemies and not strike them down,
But rather, take them in sincere embrace.
Let us be lords of our failures,
And not permit them
To deny our humanity