Beach Walk 159 – Out beyond right and wrong…

I finally saw the movie Crash. And I loved it.

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About Today’s Show

I saw Crash the day after I talked about the Rox Theory of Connectivity (#157) – how we are all connected whether we remember or like it. In the movie of course, people literally who think they hate each other keep crashing into each other, and in the end, are responsible for each other’s salvation on various levels, from literal to metaphorical. I loved this film precisely for how it points out the abstract rage and fear that drives so much of our prejuduces, our kneejerk responses, our forgetfulness.

Here are the quotes I mentioned, one by Rumi, a Persian poet from the 13th century, and from Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew. Doesn’t it strike you as odd how so many religions teach the same values, yet ignore them in the face of conflict?

A Peace & Conflict Resolution Project at the University of Maryland provides the quote from Rumi:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

The Illustrated Rumi is one of my favorite books.

Here is a speech from Martin Luther King quoting Jesus:
Ye have heard that it has been said, “Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.

Start anywhere. It might be someone in your own family. Or a co-worker. Or a sales clerk. Look past the surface and seek something you share in common. Allow the heart to soften, the mind to open, and things will change.

Hawaiian words
Aloha: love
Mea aloha: loved one

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