The Peace Center staff and Board hold the space for the families of the victims of Orlando that they feel love, light, and all of our collective arms around them as they grieve the loss of their loved one. We grieve with you. We didn’t know your daughter/son/partner but they are one with all of us. When we lose someone to so much fear, it means we have to shine our light that much brighter. Bright enough that the fear can’t become hate. Bright enough that we see each other for the brothers and sisters we are. Bright enough to feel the connectedness of us all. We must work harder in order to see that we all bleed the same color…that we all take in the same air, drink the same water. We must work harder to show that we all belong to, and inhabit, the same little planet.
We are all guilty of not shining the light bright enough, not loving enough. As long as there is hate in our communities, we have not done our jobs of lifting one another up. We have some heavy lifting to do. Please join us in this work to end violence against one another.
We learned of the tragic news from Orlando while hosting Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who is following in the legacy of his Grandfather in support of Total Non-Violence. Dr. Gandhi shared “The Five Elements of Nonviolence”: love, respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation. In his book Legacy of Love he writes “As we contemplate the world around us, it may seem that we have inherited a legacy of social injustice and domestic and international violence that has sunk to irretrievable depths. One may reasonably ask, ‘Will it ever be possible to build a world free of hate and prejudice’? Grandfather’s answer to this question could not be simpler or more sincere. ‘Change is possible if we have the desire and the commitment to make it happen. We must be the change we wish to see in the world’. Beginning with ourselves, we must cause positive change to radiate out into the world. We need a change of heart, a change of perceptions, and a change of attitude, which we can then pass on to others through education, enlightenment and love”. ~ Legacy of Love by Arun Gandhi.
Gandhi’s words shine light on the darkness of fear and hatred, bringing us back to love, inspiring us to work even more diligently for nonviolence, encouraging us to Speak up for Peace!