Fighting for Manchester

May 23, 2017 § 2 Comments

Our hearts break, yet again, having witnessed (yet again) another senseless bombing overseas. My first feeling was renewed horror, followed immediately by the thought “this has to stop”.

For most of humanity, behaving with such unthinkable violence is unfathomable – and yet it continues. We watch with disgust, sadness, rage, fear and grief. We mourn (again and again), and vow to carry on, to “rise above”. It grows tiresome. I’m all about the power of love over fear, kindness over anger and good over evil – but we are fools to think atrocities will go away by wishing. When there is sickness we fight it. There’s a time for all things under heaven.

Yes, we have to do what we can, where we are, to nurture love and understanding. There’s a continual call to evolve and expand our light a hundred fold – but we also have to be aware that darkness laughs at us, taunts, and takes innocent lives and that that is not acceptable. It has to stop.

Heaven help us, if we cannot help ourselves.


For everything there is a season, and
a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to
build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a
time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to
refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to
throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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§ 2 Responses to Fighting for Manchester

  • John R Naugle says:

    Greetings from Atlanta: City of Peace.

    Patricia, you’ve made some GREAT points in your post. However, I respectfully think that your title exacerbates a certain challenge we face as a global family.

    To me, fighting implies that someone will get hurt and those who want to nurture the cause of peace will not want to hurt anyone, right? It also perpetuates the old era ‘Win-Loose’ paradigm in opposition to the new era ‘Do Good’, or ‘Choose Love & Peace’ paradigms.

    Yes, the glaring singular tragedy that has befallen Manchester is very traumatic for us and many worldwide, but it cannot overshadow the innumerable good citizens and accomplishments that Manchester has. An effective way to counter the ill affects of conflict is to create lists and reasons to celebrate. As an alternative, a book or article title could perhaps be:

    “Celebrating For Manchester”
    — The Stories of 100,000 Good Citizens —

    I am reminded of this inspiring quote by Mahatma Gandhi, the most referenced and accomplished peace-builder of the last millennium (Years 1000-2000). Note: even he is not immune from perpetuating the win-loose paradigm, but his quote needs mentioning…

    “When I despair I always remember that all
    through history the way of truth and love
    has always won. There have been tyrants and
    murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible,
    but in the end they always fall, always.”

    On a related note, when Dr. King was 21 (1950) and first introduced to Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy, a wonderful ‘seed’ was planted. In his bio later, he stated:
    “My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not
    nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil.
    Between the two positions, there is a world of difference.
    Gandhi resisted evil with love instead of hate.”

    QUESTION: What is the BEST response to those who hate us and who are our enemies? ANSWER: LOVE them and help them heal.

    We all know that it is very possible to love hateful & hurtful people without endorsing their violent actions.

    Sadly, some individuals and nations believe that killing our enemies is the best response. Those who believe in capital punishment are in this vocal, yet ill-informed group. When society and we citizens of society fight & kill the killers, do we not become killers too?

    From my own costly & personal experience, I have come to the realization that our individual resources and assets of time, talent, intellect, creativity and money/funding are mostly finite. So for me, I had to ask myself a serious question:

    “Can I be more effective by spending my finite
    resources on ‘fighting’ and stopping what is wrong,
    or in building & celebrating what is right?”

    As for me, I have chosen the later, and what has helped me in this decision more than anything else is this powerful quote by world-renown futurist Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller:

    “You never change things by
    fighting the existing reality.
    To change something,
    build a new model that makes
    the existing model obsolete.”


    • I appreciate where you’re coming from, John. I have no magic response, but these tragic and appalling scenarios have become all too familiar. You will know from my writings and art over the years that I’m consistently in the love camp, and I truly believe there’s nothing more powerful. I have a “harm none” belief system; a “live and let live”. I also prefer to choose “what is right” over “what is wrong” and to celebrate what is good. But there are times, in my view, when fighting a wrong is the right thing to do. This doesn’t exclude honoring all the beauty and light in our world – and Lord knows that as a whole we need to do that more than we do! – nor does it define a specific kind of fight. We can battle a disease, for example, with our mind, with energy, with plants, with drugs, with a knife. Similarly, there are various ways to take up a sword, whether it be a blade, a pen or arrows of light. There are warriors of love, and warriors of blood. There’s a “fighting spirit”. Some people stand up and shout, some quietly pray. Some hold and help those who suffer, some chase down the source. We all take part in some way, and for the more peaceful-leaning among us, we try to influence goodness from where we stand, with heart and hope. I don’t know if that’s enough. On an individual basis, maybe. But mowing people down, cutting off heads and bombing crowds (including children, mind you) is completely and utterly and despicably unacceptable. There is a chasm of culture. Philosophizing seems moot. What you and I believe is apparently abhorrent (or of no consequence) to those who want to see us destroyed. It has to stop, that’s all I can say.

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