One needs only to read (or view) the daily news to be reminded of the pervasive violence and suffering in our world. America’s seemingly endless war on terrorism, the ongoing stalemate between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Chinese occupation of Tibet and mass starvation in Africa are just the more visible instances of global violence. At home we are presented with daily occurences of gunmen, their minds twisted with fear and hatred, who kill the human objects of their hatred, be it family members, their employers, celebrities, or government representatives.
We are bombarded daily with such stories by the mass media. I wonder if, on some psychological level, we become immunized to the reality of these events unless they touch us or our loved ones directly. We feel we must detach if only to stave off despair and paralysis.
Yet I encounter men and women who are creating meaning and fulfillment in their lives in the very midst of the world’s suffering. They are not only nurturing and nourishing themselves; they are reaching out and serving others, doing what they can, in ways large and small, to improve the human condition. I am fascinated by such individuals.
How do you meet your own suffering? How do you nourish yourself and those around you? Bring your stories to me so I can post them on this site.