If you think, “This has nothing to do with me. I’ve never even been in prison or a war, I have nothing to resolve here,” I suggest you think again. This dynamic touches virtually every aspect of every life, every day. It is an expression
of an old philosophy that “reasons,” “An eye for an eye,” to justify punishment, however subtle or blatant that punishment is. Under this interpretation, every injured party is justified in taking retribution.
Mahatma Gandhi made us aware of the ramifications of this deep-seated belief when he stated, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
When we view life through the filter of Love, in the idea of “An eye for an eye,” we see not a command to punish but a limit on retribution! At the time it was offered, and still needing to be understood today, this directive was not a requirement to return injury for injury. It was a control placed on a wrath-filled, vengeful people and was designed to put an end to cyclical violence.
Looking honestly at such dynamics, so deeply rooted in our earth’s cultures, and choosing to think differently about them is a part of the healing that must eventually happen for every parent, child, family, religion and government.
KEY THOUGHT—Unanswered questions are not as dangerous as unquestioned answers!
In 1776 a radical new idea took root in forming a government. America was founded on the Scriptural premise that the purpose of society was to, “Love neighbor,” (neighbor, in Aramaic, means anyone you think about!) It was designed to enhance and nurture the individual. Individuals could be forced (the foundation of war) to do nothing short of respecting the rights and property (nurture) of other individuals.
Dr. Marlo Morgan, in her book Mutant Message, writes of an Aboriginal society in Australia that has successfully lived this ideal for eons. Contrary to the popular belief that nurturing, instead of beating the individual into submission, would lead to an egocentric society.
Marlo demonstrates that each individual when honored, truly cared for, and empowered, becomes a valuable, contributing member of the community.
Sacrifice the sacredness of the individual, and society suffers. Connect the minds of individuals in Love and respect, and society will reflect in the values expressed by those individuals—one that is loving and respectful.
Our goal at HeartLand is to hold the space of Love, to connect every mind on the planet with Love. It has been said “a little leavening goes a long way.” We invite you to be the leavening!
Love and Blessings, michael