Wednesday, 4 May 2011

a Moment for Wisdom…


“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life, sorrow and suffering enough to disarm our hostilities.”


“Violence is a refuge for the incompetent, and the first resort of the powerless.”

Sharif Abdullah


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Jesus of Nazareth
(quoted by Matthew 5.43-45)

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.

The Buddha

Personal Wisdom:                                           Societal Wisdom:

(I don’t have any questions for today… the air waves have been filled with too much “analysis”.  Just reflect on the above quotes in silence for a few minutes today…)

a Moment with Sharif…



The above quotes are my response to the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

I won’t say much here; almost everyone reading these “Moments” understand that, in a
world awash with violence, killing one man makes no one “safer”. Almost everyone here recognizes that “an eye for an eye” cannot serve us in the 21st Century – if it ever did.

So, one man of violence is dead. One man died on the sword that he advocated and wielded. It recalls the hollowness of the news of the capture and subsequent hanging of Saddam Hussein. How is this supposed to make our lives better? How is this “justice”?

Our job is to APPLY the teachings of Jesus the Christ and Guatama the Buddha, not just
talk about them. Our job is to apply these teachings in our lives, AND THEN to apply them in our world – in our communities, in our societies… and most especially with our “enemies”.

May all beings be well.

May all beings be secure.

May all beings be happy.



All photos by Sharif Abdullah, unless otherwise noted.
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8 Responses to Wednesday, 4 May 2011

  1. Shirlene Warnock says:

    As always, the right words at the right time. Thank you, Sharif

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you for the first sane commentary I have heard on this news.

  3. Mark Greathouse says:

    There are many mosquitoes swarming around the polluted pond of water, so that killing some of them, even the “big” one, will have little overall effect if the water is still polluted. The insects that feed on mosquitoes may be glad to see a large carcass floating on the surface to feed on, There also will be many unfortunate victims with bites on their body who may cheer that the one that bit them is dead. However, the thousands of eggs waiting to be hatched are basically untouched. The stream of foul water feeding the pond needs to be stopped before cleanup can begin. The inflow of water must ultimately come from the springs of love.

    • admin says:

      A great and eloquent analogy…

      Several years ago, I was in the high country of Belize, trying to cross the border into Guatemala. The border crossing was a dirt road in the middle of jungle. The Guatemalan guards said that I had to have the tires on my land rover “sprayed” for “insects”. Cost: $5.00 per tire. I looked up… there were thousands of insects, flying in every direction across the “border”. (I declined to play the role of the “large carcass floating on the surface”… figured I’d see Guatemala another day.)

      What makes the water stagnant in the first place? How do we increase the dynamic flow — and therefore decrease the toxicity? WE KNOW HOW TO DO THIS! Our leaders lack the will… So we need to be the leaders!

      Thanks again for your comment.



    • Chuck Willis says:

      Thank you Mark! Beautifully said.

  4. Barbara says:

    Thank you, Sharif for echoing my thoughts, and I affirm this truth, that Love is the overcoming power…may we realize this truth together.

  5. Chuck Willis says:

    May we recall that there is only one common Life that courses in, through, and as each and every one of us as a unique expression of that one Life. May we recall that every baby – every one, regardless of how their life’s journey may subsequently unfold – is born embraced in majesty and innocence. May we, therefor, choose to have compassion on those whose life experience is so wrought with pain and suffering that they forget the truth of who they really are and bring additional pain and suffering upon themselves and others. May we, in our remembering, choose differently from them. May we choose compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. One drop at a time, may we be the sacred waters that cleans the pool of suffering and grief.

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