Actively Objecting – Fierce Love

There will be a lot of gathering together today, all around the world. People, women and men, actively objecting and actively voicing and above all being active. When remaining passive might be an option.

Sticking to what one believes is right and true, in the face of abuse and ridicule, is not a one off kind of action. This story of a man in WW2, a Conscientious Objector (to not shedding blood/killing) is  an example of persistently sticking to what he held in his heart as right and true. Quite something actually.

He persisted to save lives in the face of losing his own. But what marks him out is that he was praying all the way, while he worked to save lives.

The message here is obvious. But I’ll say it anyway.

Hate is not conquered by hate,
Hate is conquered by love.
This is an eternal law.
The Buddha

There is however a fierce love (marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions).

Be careful out there people.

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6 thoughts on “Actively Objecting – Fierce Love”

  1. Dear Mugo,

    Thanks for the story about Doss. I have long admired these kinds of people — who will not kill but who go into harms way, in a just cause, to save others. This story is a reminder that love does indeed defeat hatred…and perhaps more important, reinforces the notion that courage is the greatest of all human characteristics. God Bless, Gerry.

    1. Hi Garry. Hope you are as well as can be. Courage, now there is an interesting quality. Which can balance on the edge of reckless behaviour. But now I think about it perhaps courage is a quality that endures through stillness and activity. A quality we human beings are, yet need to access more frequently, and act with wisdom. Blessing to you

  2. Hi Rev. Mugo;
    I read your post as I headed out the door with a pink hat on my head. The Vancouver march was peaceful, good natured and this with an unprecedented turnout. It was so interesting to walk and just try to “be” in the large crowd, to just go with the flow. It was really good to do. Must be over 25 years since I last marched. (Anti nukes then, and Gay Pride. Seems a lifetime ago.) Anyhow, kept your words in mind. Gassho; Michele

    1. Oh good Michele. It was an amazing day for women to have turned out is such numbers, all over the world. And yes, I was clicking through mentally the demo’s I’ve been on before becoming a monk. Rock against Racism was a biggie in the ’70’s. I was doing a Documentary Course at the time and remember being up a lamp post taking photographs of the procession as it left Trafalgar Square. Then the long walk to where the actual ‘rock’ happened. And there were others but those stories will have to wait for another time. When we meet in person next.

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