As human beings we have good qualities as well as bad ones. Now, anger, attachment, jealousy, hatred, are the bad side; these are the real enemy… The true troublemaker is inside. — Dalai Lama
Suzy writes today the following in response to all who have written or called concerned about Caroline, her family and us and the City of Charlotte after last night’s looting:
“It’s all very sad, I can’t think of a better word. And I simply don’t understand looting. Imagine what a different image and response had there been hundreds of peaceful folks marching through uptown carrying candles or something like that. Anger is one thing, looting just makes them look like criminals acting under the protection of chaos and darkness.”
What is sad is that the protest began as Suzy had hoped — a peaceful demonstration to call attention to another senseless death. But as darkness came, so did the darkness in human nature.
The image of Charlotte turned from one of peace, to an image of anger and violence. It will take a lot of work for our adopted city to remove the image of anger from a nation’s mindset — an image we see far too often these days. But remove it we will, for in the end good always wins out over evil, and peace is always preferable to violence.
In your meditation and prayers think of us today as we begin the calming work that must occur within all of us who live here. Thank you all for your prayers and support.