Peace and Forgiveness are the Only Answers

Posted December 10, 2015

This month I digress from any business advice. Below is my attempt to spread Kindness in this season of joy and rebirth.

Unless you live in a cave, you have noticed the recent increase in violence all over the world and here in the United States. I am afraid it is here to stay. We are a society full of easy ways to obtain guns and make bombs. As long as that continues, we will suffer the consequences of bad people using guns for bad reasons.

I am not saying all guns are bad, but ones with capability of killing 15 people in 15 seconds should not be obtainable to the general population any more than hand grenades should be.

On a more positive note. I quote Martha Sorren of Bustle Entertainment magazine:

“Jared Leto, a musician and actor addressed the Paris attacks in his American Music Awards Speech, and it was beyond moving. The lengthy speech touched on his own playing at the Bataclan in Paris, to honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks to stressing the importance of letting Syrian refugees into this country.

His words were clear and powerful and evoked the response of compassion in the wake of such horrific act of terrorism.”

As he pointed out in his speech when he paraphrased Antoine Leiris, who was also at the Bataclan, the husband of an attack victim.

Mr. Leiris says, “Friday night you took an exceptional life, the love of my life and the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred.” He went on to say, “You are asking for it, but responding with hatred and anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security – YOU Lost. We are just two now, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies in the world. It is easy to meet anger with even more anger, but that’s not the way to recover from a situation like this. We need to come together and work to achieve peace.”

Leto went on to say, “Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that took place in Paris and around the world. France matters, Russia matters, Syria matters, Mali matters, the Middle East matters, the United States matters, the entire world matters, and peace is possible. By the way, many of us here are the sons and daughters of immigrants and Steve Jobs is the son of a Syrian immigrant, President Obama is the son of an African immigrant.”

I submit to all of you that we are all immigrants. Not one of our families originated in North America unless you are of full Native Indian heritage

Peace is always the only answer. Unfortunately, history proves that war is sometime needed to bring about peace, but making innocent people suffer because they are from a different country is not in my heart. I refuse to be scared of my neighbors and countrymen, no matter what they may look like of how they worship.

Peace be with you and your family this holiday season.

Love to all,

Mike Bowen

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