- To hopefully expand a bit more on where I'm coming from:
I was brought up with and within gang culture. Brought up shown and taught to hate this person or that group due to whatever rival gang affiliations
Violence towards rivals, or perceived rivals was justified in that culture...indeed it was praised and carried much kudos.
The culture of gang violence here may not be as extreme in death-toll as perhaps America...sure, people were killed, though predominately the rival
gang members were seriously beaten, hospitalised, stabbed etc. That doesn't make it any more acceptable of course.
That was how I grew up...with hate in heart and a fist for my foes.
One thing I learnt through that is that does nothing for you. It does nothing for your people and nothing for others.
It does nothing but perpetuate that circle of suffering. Its a hungry beast that will feed upon you and your offspring.
So the key is to not feed the beast.
Connection rather than condemnation is a better path to take.
Currently I work within the health sector - principally Mental Health, working alongside many people from my ethnic culture and helping them on their
recovery journeys. Many are recovering from the cultures they grew up in, recovery from the trauma they have experienced and inflicted.
My wife and I also do volunteer work for a number of Social Services such as Womens Refuge, Men against Violence, At Risk Youth, Drug and Alcohol
I counsel a number of men who have issues with violence, Serious/Repeat Offenders etc...basically helping them towards a way of being that casts off
that culture...that helps them see - and live - a better way for them and for their families.
My friend there is much pain in this world. We all know that. We see it and feel it each and every day.
My question to you - to us all - is how do our actions, how do our words, help to alleviate that pain. How do WE all bring a bit of peace into this
For me one way is to have an open heart rather than a closed fist. Its to not blaze a burning beam into the darker corners of Man but offer a warm
Little is accomplished when we vilify.
Much is accomplished when we connect.
...or maybe I'm just an old hippy...