Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"...For They Know Not What They Do"

Current Affairs

In Boston. The occasion is the yearly marathon. A meeting of athletes the world over. Young and old, great and small. An event celebrating the human spirit, the ability to endure, to overcome. And another senseless episode of violence. When will this insanity ever end. When will the cycle of violence, reprisal, and more violence ever end. Certainly our hearts go out to the victims. One can only pity the perpetrator(s) and bemoan their ignorance. Meanwhile, violence continues unabated in other parts of the world - violence against children, women, and men, on a macro scale and on a micro scale, collectively and individually. Violence from suicide bombers. Violence from hidden bombs. Violence from drones. Violence from assault rifles. Violence from handguns. Violence from rocks. Violence on TV. Violence on film. Violence. Violence from the electric chair, from the gas chambers, and on and on it goes. Violence.

In this particular case, as with many others, soon will follow the wave of calls for retaliation and reprisals, the insatiable thirst for revenge. More violence, more thirst for violence. Revenge.  I lost my father to violence. He was killed by another man. I was 18 years old at the time. I forgave him. My forgiving him was life-changing and transformative. One of the single greatest acts of my life and one of the greatest thing that one human can do for another. With every new act of violence, I reiterate my own personal stance against violence. I stand against violence in all its forms - initiated violence and retaliatory violence. I stand against political violence, violence born out of religious beliefs, domestic violence, violence against children, war violence, criminal violence, revenge violence, state violence. Stand with me.

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]