A message today to our neighbors, near and online:
Some People feel unequal and some are resorting to violence. These are two separate things.
We acknowledge feelings of inequality.
Remember: Hatred never ends hatred but by love alone is healed. Gandhi learned it, Mandela learned it, MLK learned it.
Peace alone doesn’t necessarily increase people’s understanding, acceptance, or caring of other people.
“Winning” is not a measurable goal in societal equality. Bank accounts are not always an accurate measure of who feels safe.
Caring that people in our community feel like they are persecuted and unequal is an opportunity for all of us to listen. That is a gift to one another.
We can choose if we want to take action. Our yard sign doesn’t do much, we realize, except to say that Younger Child wants to do something, anything
We would like to see police departments prioritize Nonviolent Communication to deescalate situations. The processes exist. It can be taught, learned, practiced. Schools could use it, citizens could use it, places of worship could use it. It is very hard to do but it feels full of potential to help people connect at the needs level
We do really love our neighbors. That is why we are trying. We feel uncomfortable trying to guide when we are unskilled, lacking in confidence, and scared
We have registered for a year long, global Compassion Course through New York’s Center for Nonviolent Communication. Fees are “sliding scale” and scholarships are available. You can pay it forward, too, if you are able and willing. It costs less than $1.50/week (USD) at full tuition for a full year. Starts in late June.
Also see cnvc.org for general information about Nonviolent Communication.
May we try to let Love lead