A call for peace
November 24, 2014 violence. After a night of violence across the nation, including in my own city of Seattle, Washington, I searched for some encouragement that might help put out the fires of hatred, and send energy into the universe to prevent those fires from ever burning again.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel provided that much-needed respite.
Mr. Wiesel knows a little bit about hatred and suffering. He was held captive at Auschwitz and survived.
Of his relatives, only he and two of his sisters survived.
The following quote is from his book, Forgotten.
As a human race, we must choose between: the violence of adults, and the smiles of children; the ugliness of hate, and the will to oppose it; inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow man, and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves for naught.
Even in darkness, it is possible to create light, and encourage compassion. Every moment of our life is essential; every gesture is essential. Our role in life is to give an offering to each other.
2 thoughts on “A call for peace”
November 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Thank you for this post today…it was so disconcerting and sad to hear and see all of the tragic negative reactions around our country last night. Your words can encourage all of us to bring our peace and love to things.
November 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm
My hope is that most of my words encourage others. Otherwise, why speak?