Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Luka Magnotta & The Eaton Centre Shooting: The World Cries Out For An End To Violence

For those of you who have read a few of my other posts, you will find it no surprise that I have paid almost no attention to the horrific details in the news about Luka Magnotta, the man who killed and dismembered a Chinese student, or about the shooting in Toronto. I think it's a vicious cycle. We crave sensational stories, so the media puts a spotlight on them. The media puts a spotlight on sensational stories, and feeds our morbid curiosity.  In the face of this, I offer this quote by a Quaker woman:

The whole world cries out for an end to violence, for the healing of old wounds and for the sanctification of the violated earth. Children, men and women are caught up and washed away by floods of ages-old hatred and fear which must be staunched while the pain and suffering caused by that hatred and fear are assuaged.
But before we can heal others, we must first heal ourselves, and it is right that we should take the time to do that work properly, in faith and love...
Many among us carry soul-deep wounds, and those wounds also pain the corporate body. We need to recognize and accept our responsibility to heal each other, to hold others up in "trust, truth and total disarmament" so that we may all be upheld in love. Make no mistake. If we follow the call to heal ourselves, to heal the deep wounds that vitiate the strength of the spirit of our (communities), we will all be transformed.
~ Christine Lundy, 1995.