How to Respond With Love
I read an insightful post on the Occupy Love website written by guest contributor Georgia Simone. The article is about the anger that surrounded the Occupy movement last fall. While some say the movement is dead others will tell you it is just in hibernation. Regardless, Georgia suggests that society can be successful in creating what we are for by not responding to injustice with conflict and the futile "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" rhetoric.
Was this the problem with the Occupy movement? I don't know. But I do know we are in a new age with many issues to resolve and the approach we use can't be fueled by the actions that got us here in the first place (e.g., greed, separateness, opposition). I thought the author was very poignant in pointing out new strategies sans the anger. Tactics that begin with a deeper understanding of our responsibility and reverence for life. Peace is never created through conflict.
From the post: "Do not become that which you protest against. Be that which you desire, that which you’re for, and that which we need. Let your movements express this change, not fight against its lack. Let your actions arise from this change, not lead you further from it."
You can read the article here.
Photo by: Noah Berger (Love this dude's peaceful smile and lotus position. Very 21st century Gandhi!)