Mahatma Gandhi made us aware of the ramifications of this deep-seated belief when he stated, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
When we view life through the filter of Love and look at the idea of "An eye for an eye," we see not a command to punish but a limit on retribution! At the time it was offered, this directive was not given as a requirement to return injury for injury. It was a control placed on a wrath-filled, vengeful people to put an end to cyclical violence.
Looking honestly at such dynamics, so deeply rooted in our history, and choosing to think differently about them is a part of the healing that must eventually happen for every child, parent, family, religion and government. In 1776 a radical new idea took root in the forming of a government. America was founded on the premise that the purpose of society was to enhance and nurture the individual. Individuals could be forced to do nothing short of respecting the rights and property of each other. In her book, Mutant Message, author Dr. Marlo Morgan writes of an Aborginial society in Australia that has successfully lived this ideal for eons. Contrary to the popular belief that nurturing the individual would lead to an egocentric society, Marlo demonstrates in her book that every individual when honored, truly cared for, and empowered, becomes a valuable, contributing member to the whole community.
Sacrifice the sacredness of the individual, and society suffers greatly. Connect the minds of individuals in Love and respect, and society will reflect the values expressed by those individuals—one that is loving and respectful. Our goal here is to connect every mind on the planet with Love. It is said "a little leavening goes a long way." We invite you to be part of the leavening. michael