World events once again have manifested violence on an un-imaginable scale. Across our nation protests are raging, some against the violence of Palestinian organizations and some laser sighted on the state sponsored violence perpetrated by Israel.
Pressing upon our community is our response and “position” on these issues. The temptation is to take sides, engage the established dialectic and choose allies. Internationally the established narrative is one of blame, distrust and division.
What I propose for the Goddess community is a third way, less traveled yet holding infinitely more promise of eventual peace and mutual understanding. In our hearts we know that violence as a means of resolving cultural conflict is unproductive and feeds the hungry beast that perpetuates the deaths of innocents.
Let us speak to solutions, compromise, the ability of humanity of engage compassion and oppose all violence no matter its source. Let us set the example that discussion of who is in the right is absurd when innocents are perishing in the name of principles that lack the very moral high ground they pretend to be based on.
This is a case of nations unable to transcend schoolyard violence as recourse for offence. Let us espouse the love of the Goddess, the compassion of humanity, the deep knowledge that however profound a grievance it does not justify violence.
May the Goddess manifest compassion, peace and understanding; three principles that have the potential to erase the corrupt path of violence, hatred and conflict.