The disentangling of a person from his race, religion, and country - seeing each perpetrator of violence as individual, empowers the overwhelming majority of the peaceful, within every race, religion, and country.
See the oppressed in the oppressor. The oppressed become the oppressors, until we witness the cycle with compassion and understanding.
If we divide into two camps - even into violent and the nonviolent - and stand in one camp while attacking the other, the world will never have peace. - Ayya Khema
Even the most peacefully intentioned among us, if we find ourselves anti-Israel or anti-Palestine, we are unconsciously contributing to war.
I S R A E L : ' We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourself. How can I do this if my neighbor has wronged me? '
The rabbi answered, ' You must understand these words correctly. Love your neighbor like something which you yourself are. For all souls are one. '
The division of an atom is mass destruction, only because it was once O N E . So with the oneness inherent in the descendants of Abraham. Here, it is possible to put the atom back together.
The root of all people is made of two desires: The desire to give of themselves, and to be known, seen, and heard. When there is an obstacle in the natural flow of this happening, war is c r e a t e d .
The survival of everybody ( person and p e o p l e ) on this planet is contingent upon everybody on this planet feeling known, seen, heard. • ( L i s t e n , S e e , K n o w . )
' It may happen that your hand makes a mistake and hits you. But would you then take a stick and punish your hand because it lacked understanding, and so increase your pain? It is the same if your neighbor, who is of one soul with you, wrongs you because he does not understand. If you punish him, you only hurt yourself. ' - Rabbi Shmelke, Nikolsburg
Wherever on the body it is hit, the One is wounded.
' Our futures are inextricably bound ' - Martin Luther King Jr.
I S L A M : ' That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind. ' - Conversations with Muhammad
The cataclysm of the middle east is an evolutionary c a t a l y s t , eking out bias in the dark of every peace-maker, bringing us more deeply into
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