The Ferguson grand jury decision reminds me of how far away we have come from our essence. While we have experienced significant changes throughout history, perhaps we are currently in the greatest shift of all time, where not even a trace of fear remains in the human awareness. In the end, we will have to find comfort within ourselves that this wasn't a story of black or white, rich or poor, or differences over nationalities or languages. This tragedy, and feelings it continues to wake up in so many, is about our virtues, the quality of contentment in one's character.
Are we ready to finally allow virtues to trump color, gender, nationality, language and all the limited identities we hold? Or, do we consider them to be more important than the act of compassion, acceptance or respect for the lives of others? It is a question for all of us, not just the jurors.
We know the inspirational stories of heroic beings who stood up to dictators and unjust systems. We know it's possible. What they held was a relentless persistence, creativity, and courage that elevated them above the average thinkers. They listened to a pure place in their hearts.
It is this God-consciousness, coming from our highest of selves, that when emerged before acting on a thought, or making a decision, there would never be hurt for another. This virtuous approach invites each of us to look inside and ask, "Am I free from vices?" Regardless of race, gender, language, religion, nationality, if we all asked ourselves when grappling with a conflict of values: "If I had no vices, (an acronym I use is "ALGAE," Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachment, Ego) in me, what would I choose?" Without those, our choices would be naturally more rooted in love and peace.
I'd be curious to hear your feedback after using this method in a dispute with your wife, husband, teenager, boss or yes, even a young man on the street. I guarantee the story would have a completely different result. The riots that have erupted amplify a false permission to hate each other more because we just can't seem to move the ALGAE out of the story. This breathes further contempt and separation.
However comfortable you are in your comfort zone, I challenge you to leave it in order to find your peace inside. The paths which are seen as a better way of co-existing can reveal even more fear and hurt. But the peace found deep within would be worth the attempt to move our comforts of fear to love, and loving each other the same, not only those who agree with our side of the story. If we achieve this, there would be world peace.