Tuesday, September 05, 2017

REFLECTION:: I have spent much time hanging out with, and working with, beautiful human persons who live a life of aggression and violence.

I have spent much time hanging out with, and working with, 
beautiful human persons who live a life of aggression and violence.

It is NOT the answer, it seems to me, to tell them to 
be good, 
settle down, 
get a job .......
boring' they will say. 

One of the motivations for young violent humans is 
the strategically planned fun and adventure of crime and violence.
Another is the inability to manage surging emotions - 
an issue we all grapple with.

When young humans look at older people and most everyday humans 
- they often consider them to be drab 
and the kind of persons they don't want to be.

The answer::
I don't know.
Only ......... 
I believe that we can get nowhere 
without human contact and developing a relationship. 
Getting closer is safer.
Getting closer in a sociological, theological and sociological sense.
Getting closer not to hate but
getting closer to love
because love does a better job.

Maybe they will consider that, 
getting to know someone different, 
will plant a seed in the soul. 
A gem of a thought. 
A new consideration about life. 

Maybe they will meet a new network of humans 
where life is experienced with some 
considerable excitement and adventure.

Maybe they will be and become more response-able.

Moving on - maybe the human contact 
will lead to the human discovering further options in life.
Consider a new way.
A new life.
A new purpose.
Not imposed, ........... freedom cannot be imposed.
Liberation is a choice which can only be made by the human themselves.

I am surprised regularly, really often, 
that humans who are midst 'drugs and crime', 
that is only a short list as a summary, 
how they do respond to the emotional life 
within themselves and outside themselves.

I am surprised because it always seems to be a miracle.
How these beautiful humans can connect with strong emotions, 
because they have them active in their interior, 
and that is as close as close can be.

Then seeing them connect with the emotions of others, 
the spirituality in others,
then there can be a massive release of a life un-lived.
New experiences.
Blinds come up.
Chains fall off
Doors open.
Breathing becomes deep.
Soul undressed.

Violence is scary for me and everybody.
I hate it.
During the height of the violence of an East London gang, 
and crimes committed by them in the name of football supporting, 
I worked alongside a number of them 
who spent their week planning the fun/Violence for the coming week-end. 

The language they used was drilling into my soul all the time - for years. 
(I am used to swearing and the 
foulest of language and it is of no concern to me.) 
Hate, racist passion, enthusiastic boasting of violence ….
..... is the most foul to me.
Yet you work with the person and beyond their behaviour.
Love the human despite their behaviour.
Because 'a Caterpillar looks nothing like a butterfly 
but one develops from the other.'

From the faith perspective, there is a word called 'incarnation'.
I think (I never know) 
it is about God pouring all his love into one human person 
- known as his son, and 
that human/divine person spending time getting close to humans.

Flesh touching flesh.
Eyes connecting
Souls colliding
Love in human
-and practical
-and concrete action.

It isn't bell until it is tolled
It isn't a song until it sung
It isn't love until it is given away.

I am reflecting today.
As always.
I cannot always tell you about some of my days.
Publish some photographs - I would love to ..........
But I must reflect 
But I must stumble on towards a better understanding.

"People tend to think of non-violence 
as a choice between using force and doing nothing. 
But the real choice takes place at another level. 
Non-violence is less a matter of "not killing" and 
more a matter of showing compassion, 
of saving and redeeming, 
of being a healing community. 
One can only choose between doing good 
to the person placed in one's path, 
or to do him evil. 
To do good is to love a person; 
but not to do that is as good as killing him. 
To love someone is to help
restore that person physically, socially, and spiritually. 
To neglect and postpone this restoration is 
already to kill."

André Trocmé