“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
We are always acutely aware of what side we’re on. Left v. right, east coast v. west coast, pro-life v. pro-choice…doesn’t matter the topic….we are intimately aware of where we stand on things. Most of the time our position is so strongly rooted we do not even wish to hear the other side. Sometimes it has such a strong hold on us that we monitor the other side solely for the purpose of picking it apart.
We sympathize with what we are able to understand clearly. And we create villains out of people who do things differently, or impede upon our gains. Therefore I am not surprised nor concerned by the division of support for George Zimmerman, who admittedly shot and killed an innocent and unarmed 17 year old boy. One side says he maliciously took life, the other side says he had to defend himself. Those who believe it was malicious have been praying for the Martin family and justice. Those who believe it was self-defense are praying for Zimmerman…and justice.
But I find myself at an odd place…this ‘compassionate’ practice must be taking a hold of me because I cannot help but to pray and wish peace for both sides…equally…and with fullness of heart. Both sides of this story are struggling to come to terms with what happened…and if Zimmerman is actually the racist and hateful murderer that some believe him to be, THAT in of itself is something a compassionate person would feel obligated to pray for. The mindset behind the events of that night, in addition to the disturbance of peace that resulted from what happened, are enough cause for every person of prayerful and peaceful mind to wish healing upon…not harm.
Trayvon was someone’s son, friend and loved one. Therefore he was everyone’s son, friend and loved one. There is no separation.
In that same vein, George Zimmerman is someone’s child, friend, and loved one. He must be mine also.
If we are to avoid the inevitable outcome of bitterly fighting one another to a bloody and burning end, then we must learn to see that we have no enemies outside of our own biases. We must learn to use the pain to heal ourselves and others. We must “pray for those who persecute you,” “pray for those who mistreat you,” and “bless those who curse you.”
When I sit, I will sit for Trayvon and his family. I will sit for every life that was taken too soon and for those who feel pain as a result. I will sit for anyone who suffers, for anyone who’s fallen short of the glory of God, for all beings in all places at all times. I will sit for George Zimmerman…his battle is just as hard as my own.
May ALL Beings be at Peace. May ALL Beings be Happy. May ALL Beings be free from Suffering. May ALL Beings be free from the Root of Suffering. May ALL Beings be Awakened, Liberated, and Free.