Does Nonviolence Even Work?

Over the last week I found myself increasingly mindful about where I put my attention, time and money.I’ve been more intentional than ever about what media I consume and about where I spend my money. I firmly believe that we “vote” for the world we want...

Using Force to Destroy or Protect

When I was 13, my younger sister and I came across a couple of neighbor boys throwing rocks at a bat lying injured on the ground.Outraged, my little sister flung herself at them and began pulling them away in order to protect the bat.I helped.Backing away, these boys...

Learning to Hiss: The Cobra Story

In a village, there once lived a cobra whose bite had taken the lives of many of the people. The leader of the community went to a wise man and said, “We can’t go on like this. The snake is killing off all the villagers. Won’t you please do something about it?” The...

Trump, Women and Violence

This evening, in a moment of total distraction I badly burned the tips of my fingers on my right hand. I even heard them sizzle.  I kid you not. (Short bit of writing today: Typing. Seriously. Hurts.)   Many people have been asking me how to empathize with and...

Will Revenge Make Me Feel Better?

Walking the dog this morning, I noticed my mind playing out a revenge fantasy that I have been harboring. Have you noticed how when people hurt us in deeply enduring and life-altering ways, we sometimes feel like the only way out of our pain and suffering is to hand...