"I thought we were going to get somewhere after what happened in Aurora and frankly, all we got was silence."Sunday morning a stalwart advocate for peace at my church had a table with some bumper stickers and buttons for sale. I picked up one lone sticker that said "Don't buy War Toys," but then got distracted signing a petition and put it down. I had already wondered if I should put that on my car, or if it would just lead to some violent response such as keying my poor old Civic or, worse, puncturing tires. After all, the opposition believes in violent action, and you've heard how they're talking online. Women, too.
I have just experienced today's 15 minutes of frustration looking online for that sticker, to put it up on this post, but didn't find it in a jpg, which is all I know how to use. There is this article, though - you might want to read it. I got the above photo off that site.
I have vowed to continue bearing witness to these tragedies. This is the essence of the awareness Buddhism teaches, that we take in the whole thing, all the suffering in the world, and not close our eyes to it. Compassion and working for peace and social justice are all one thing. I came up with a couple of ideas for activism today. One is writing to the President or CEO of Barnes and Noble to remind them that their shelves are stocked with stuff like this. WalMart knows better than that just now. I imagine no one at Barnes and Noble has thought about it. These are books I happened across looking for a Zen calender for next year. You can buy a 365 day calender on guns, but not one on Zen. Irony is not dead.
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