Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shootings

I don't have a political commentary to report following the shootings on Saturday in Tuscon, AZ. What I do want to do is to create a space to remember them, in the case of Judge John Roll and to pray for their recovery, in the case of Gabrielle Giffords. I think we need to center ourselves on what is good and right before we can plan a way forward that is good and right.

I will leave it to others to go after the inciters, as I can tell that by focusing on agitators like Bill O'Reilly and Sarah Palin that I will sink into the abyss of hatred. I don't want to do that. I would rather that they and others of their ilk would become irrelevant in the shadow of a political movement designed around love, understanding and reconciliation. That might sounds stupid but it didn't at various times in the history of our world. We had Martin Luther King, Jr., India had Gandhi, I know that Sri Lanka has Dr. Ariyaratne.

So, I am thinking about how to proceed. I think one thing is for sure, and that's that I'll become involved in politics in some concrete way at the local level. Writing is good. Talking is good. Action is better.

So, God Bless the deceased. Let us not let their lives to have been lost in vain.
 
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