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As I ran through the mountains this…

As I ran through the mountains this...

As I ran through the mountains this morning, trying to cast off the worry and sorrow over #Paris (and the countless other daily sorrows: #Beirut, #Baghdad, #Burundi, #Syria, #Gaza, #Nepal, #Umpqua, and more), the words of #Gandhi came to mind: “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” How true. Perhaps it’s human nature to seek revenge, to punch back, shoot back, strike back with vitriol and vehemence, to right a wrong with force and avenge a misdeed. But, the revenge only creates another wrong to be righted, another eye lost, and the circle continues. As a scholar (and lover) of all religion, but a follower of none, I often seek the words of the great thinkers of faith…their words and thoughts and deeds sprung from difficult times, times of sorrow and war and hatred and vengeance. And rarely, if ever, did they speak of striking back, of righting wrong through wrong (although their followers – of all faiths – are skilled at distorting words and meanings to serve violent ends). So, some words of hope from centuries past: God is not merciful to him who is not so to mankind. – #Muhammad. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – #Psalm 34:14. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – #Jesus. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. Peace, peace, peace. – #Upanishads. Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their own suffering. – #Buddha. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu. #prayforparis #prayforpeace #prayforpeople #weareallconnected #weareallone #prayfortheworld #prayforourworld

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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