Am I brother’s & sister’s Keeper?

Hope emanating from many responses against hatred and violence

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  1. We have the famous Staines family in the state of Orrisa in India. They were involved with the work with leprosy patients for many decades. On a fateful day, Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt to death by the Hindu fundamentalist group. His widowed wife and daughter forgave the killers and continued the work for a few more years before returning to their country.
  2. I have come across a beautiful article sharing a few wonderful stories of the reconciliation of simple people around the world. You could read through some of them.
  3. Many youngsters are horrified by the environmental damage and violence, and the crime done to the present and the future generations. Some take a daring step of attempting to live a life in harmony with nature and surroundings and be a counter-witness. One of my friends from college is the best inspiration for me.
  4. An inspiring lady Sunita Krishnan was socially conscious even at a young age, that she started running schools for the under-privileged at the age of 12. She was gang-raped at the age of 15, only because her work was uplifting the Dalits. She became partially deaf in one ear. But she today runs an NGO called Prajwala which does pioneering work on sex-trafficking and sex crimes, to integrate women trapped in such networks into the mainstream society.
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  1. Acceptance of the reality of hatred and violence in different parts of the world, in different forms to different groups of people.
  2. Many oppressors never accept the fact that they are oppressors. Most of them don’t even realize it.
  3. When I believe that justice needs to be done against these injustices, the path to justice involves a culture of reconciliation and a sentiment of fraternity and not a culture of revenge. Logically and mathematically, this is not equality still, I hold on to it.
  4. I still believe that outsiders have no right to tell the victims or the oppressed how they should behave. Luckily, many of them naturally take the path of reconciliation and fraternity despite all the injustices to them. But the oppressors should take the path of justice, reconciliation, pardon, and reparation.
  5. For me, the greatest learning from these amazing people is that I can still Hope instead of all the tragedies in the current world. I should end with a wonderful quote from Baruch Spinoza.



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arun simon

A Jesuit with all the crazyness… Loves Jesus…Loves church, but loves to challenge too… Loves post modern philosophy & Gilles Deleuze.. Loves deep conversations…