Every day seems to bring news of death. As I write, thirty-seven people in Egypt have died today from a bombing proudly claimed by the Islamic State. Syria this past week has become the bombing capital of the world, serin nerve gas being used on its
own citizens by its own government, and now foreign powers going to interfere. Violence is erupting everywhere and seems to be escalating according to the news. Are we helpless, those of us who are not directly involved? What is ours to do? Religions, instead
of promoting peace and inclusion, have become the perpetrators of violence.
My grandparents' generation had a saying "In the midst of life, we are in death." I believe this is always true, but - because of news media - we are faced with it
every moment of a day we choose to turn it on. Levels of fear and anxiety are rising consciously and unconsciously, in children as well as adults. No wonder a movement of contraction is happening everywhere, in practically every country. But what of the refugees
trying to flee from it all?
We are faced now, with questions most of us never envisioned. And how will we answer? Most of us cannot become directly involved, but we can think through, we can take a stand, we can firstly - address our own fear and anxiety
and how we might be contributing to that fear in the world. And we can all, each one of us, practice thse words of Thich Nhat Hanh:
" ANY PEACEFUL STEP - EVEN CALMING YOUR OWN FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS - CONTRIBUTES TO PEACE IN THE WORLD..."