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March 15, 2012: Love and Compassion VS Ego and Fear
March 15, 2012: Love and Compassion VS Ego and Fear

When the recent cyber attack against Gilad Atzmon began, I could only sigh and a sigh is a silent prayer. 
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Then I said aloud, “Jesus have mercy on us all” as I recalled what Ken O’Keefe said regarding WHY we activists have not been able to end the military occupation of Palestine;

Because of the failure of activists to “Check the ego at the door” and then I thought of my friend Richard Forer who wrote the book: BREAKTHROUGH: Transforming Fear into Compassion- A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict



 


Ego is simply defined as the “I” or self of any person; and a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.

Philosophers define Ego as the enduring and conscious element that knows experience while Scholasticism understands Ego as the complete person comprising both body and soul.


I understand that, “There are only two feelings. Love and Fear. There are only two activities. Love and Fear. There are only two motives, two procedures, two frameworks, two results. Love and Fear. Love and Fear. Love and Fear.”-Michael Leunig


I know that the best anyone can do is follow their conscience, speak the truth they know and que sera sera/what will be will be.

During my first of seven trips to the Holy Land in 2005, I made a verbal vow from my heart to this little boy of Bethlehem:


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That the rest of my life will be dedicated to do all I can to help END the Occupation of his Homeland.

I have traveled to Israel and Occupied Palestine seven times on my dime, written three books and hundreds of articles seeking to fulfill my vow and I am fueled by my faith in the Nonviolent Jesus, who I relate to as Teacher, Brother and Friend who has blessed me with a heart filled with Compassion for all.


As Father Emmanuel Charles McCarthy explained in an email:


I use Nonviolence rather than nonviolence. The capital letter is meant to convey that what I am speaking about is rooted in the being of God and is not just a humanly derived ethical position or political tactic.

My own preference, which grammatically is not always possible, is Nonviolent Love, Nonviolent being the definer of the Love that is Divine, Agape. “God is agape” (1Jn 4:7-8).

God, to employ a formal theological term, is infinitely simple. The Father and I are one (Jn 10:30). He or she who sees me sees the Father (Jn14: 9-11).

Everything, without a smidgen of exception, that one sees in the Son is in the Father—and Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is what one unequivocally sees in the Son, who is the visible image of the invisible God (Col1:15).

Jesus is Nonviolent Love incarnated because God is Nonviolent Love.

But, the word nonviolence as it presently exists in living languages is almost contentless. It is open to indefinite interpretations, many times contradictory ones.

For the Christian, Nonviolent Love of all is rooted in the definitive image of God given in history, namely, the person of Jesus, God incarnate (Jn 1:1-5,14).

For the Christian, or at least Catholics and Orthodox, the term Nonviolence is first and foremost a Christological and Trinitarian term. It is in the imitation of Christ-God, "Love one another as I have loved you" (Jn 13:34), that the word Nonviolence enters into the ethical domain.

This means that in the Christian context all reference to the word nonviolence, its implications and its applications, have to conform to the truth of God and God’s Will and Way as communicated through, with and in the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels, the incarnate Word (Logos) of God in history.

Jesus for the Christian is the ultimate and definitive Communicator and Communication of God and God’s Will to humanity.

The word nonviolence can be used independent of being defined, evaluated and validated by the Jesus of the Gospels, but then it is not Gospel Nonviolence, although it may be by some other definition and understanding nonviolence.

Gospel Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is about God. It is equally about human beings struggling in their freedom to truthfully conform their lives (thoughts, words and deeds) to the Imago Dei in whose image and likeness they have been created from the beginning (Gn 1:27). And where does one find the true image of the true God to which he or she should conform?

In Jesus.

And why struggle to live in that image?

Because that is what the human being truly is, because therein, and only therein, is the power that conquers evil, and because therein, and only therein, is life, the fullness of life (Jn 10:10), temporal and eternal.

Hence as an aid to clarification of thought, I use Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies and Nonviolence instead of nonviolent love and nonviolence. Said in other other words, Nonviolent Love of all: it is God’s Life, it is God’s Truth, it is God’s Way, now and always and forever and ever. How do we know? Jesus tells us so!

http://www.centerforchristiannonviolence.org/


 

As Rich wrote, "Briefly, True Compassion only arises when one gives up his/her core identity. Once that relinquish­ment occurs the world is no longer seen as a realm of Us against Them. That is because the attachment to a separate/i­ndividual identity requires the creation of the 'other.'

 

"The other is a person, society, religion, idea that does not fit within the boundaries of how an individual­, consciousl­y and unconsciou­sly, defines his/her identity. Thus, the other is a threat to the 'reality' of one's self-image or identity. Additional­ly, I assert that Clarity always accompanie­s True Compassion­. True Compassion­, unbounded by labels or definition­s and the influence exerted upon one's belief structure by a presumed identity, can see from a 360 degree perspectiv­e and, therefore, understand or be willing to understand all points of view. Thus, I can also say that although I find the brutal violence carried out by extremists abhorrent I understand that deep in their hearts even these extremists want the same things we all want - self-deter­mination, freedom and peace."


Ken O’Keefe was the first person I know of to write: TJP=Truth, Justice, Peace.
 
I add Compassion must lead when speaking Truth that seeks Justice as The Way to Peace and
COMPASSION is Manifestation of The Divine
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More about Rich and Ken Here:
  Education leads to Compassion, Compassion leads to Change: An Interview with Richa

Every Tattoo Tells a Story and Expresses the True Ken O'Keefe


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