Today I felt sad, because I learned about the hatred that led to the killings in South Carolina.
This gives me reason to ask everyone to take pause and reflect upon our own actions.
Without shame or guilt, let us reflect upon the harms we do. It is common for us to use economic advantage, personal connections, membership or position in organizations, or other individual personal power to the disadvantage of others. Without the context of relative individual judgment, these “smaller” acts are no more or less harmful than the acts of violence in that church. It is the context of relative judgment however, that makes our own transgressions and fear-based actions easier to ignore and justify. (more…)