The Boston Marathon & The Cycle Of Violence

meditationMy heart aches for the victims of the explosions today at the Boston Marathon

…just as it aches for all victims of violence everywhere, as well as the conditions that drive people to act out in violence.

I’m a longtime pacifist and aspiring Buddhist, who passionately agrees with the notion, commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

The belief, held by some, that injuring and killing people is ever warranted, for any reason, is just about the most alien, incomprehensible, indefensible concept that I can think of.

For sure, outrage is an understandable reaction to acts of this sort, and yet allowing that outrage to transform into a desire for revenge is at the heart of a cycle of violence that we humans are so tragically susceptible to.

I pray for peace.

7 thoughts on “The Boston Marathon & The Cycle Of Violence

  1. Thanks, bro, for writing this. I had many friends at the race yesterday, both running and spectating. I ran Boston in ’08, ’09, and ’11, so I feel a certain kinship with the race and the city itself. Thankfully, everyone I know is okay. Sending love and strength to those who grieve.

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