Eating my breakfast at 7 (6 pm the previous day on the east coast) in the morning in Tokyo I saw Boston’s horror. Violence has never sits well with me. I am an emotional empathetic being much in the way of “He Who Feels It, Knows It.” I’ll admit to being moved to tears when faced with some of the horrors of the world.
My heart is heavy when I witness hate inspired destruction. It is immaterial whether that hate is against governments, people, or religions. Hate is hate.
I recall a memory soon after NYC’s 911 when a dear Japanese friend asked me if I feel more when my people, Americans, are victims of hate. I answered, “no.” I feel pain whenever I encounter death, destruction and hatred. I am not sure if it was a conscious decision on my part or if it is my soul speaking to my heart.
There may have been a time in my life when I would have been more moved by the deaths of my countrymen, but that no longer holds true. How can we as people that inhabit planet earth learn to respect each other, when we constantly label what we don’t understand as other.
Our physical vessels are on this plane of reality for a blink of time. Why do we choose hate? Why do he make the choice to disregard other sentinel beings as other, only good to be thrown out with the trash.
We need to be thankful for the life we have been given. When darkness enters into our lives we need to shine the light higher and brighter. We need to lend a hand to our brother and sisters regardless of who they may be.
The only way we can conquer hate, is by employing love. Love yourself first, then learn to love others. Seek the beauty and the light the creator has given us. Use our hearts to extinguish the ignorant fears that drive souls to hate.
Our time we are granted by the Most High is precious, let us not waste it with hatred, but we should fill life with love. The cherry blossoms have come. Their beauty delighted us that spring has arrived, now they lie drying, becoming one with the earth from where they came.
Let these two events remind us of the beauty out there. The love for nature, and the love shown towards complete strangers as people rushed in to help those in need. We are our brothers keepers, we must be there to support those worst off at all times.
Love over hate.