Integrity in Community
An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind
– Mahatma Gandhi
By Guy F. Riekeman on behalf of Life University
In one of history’s great conversations, Gandhi and H.G. Wells corresponded on the subject of Human Rights. Gandhi stressed that we earn our rights only after we have accepted our Human Responsibility or Duties — and that a society based on granting one group liberty at the expense of another would eventually tear itself to shreds. Another of history’s great minds, Viktor Frankl, also connected rights with responsibilities. He proposed a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast to “bookend” the Statue of Liberty that stands on the East Coast.
So, what about our “rights?” Do they come with responsibilities like tolerance, forgiveness, integrity and compassion? Or are we free to use anger, retribution and violence to resolve our differences?
One of the most human of human beings I have ever met, Richard Moore, is taking the high road to his humanity. Richard was born and raised in the violence and generational hatred of Northern Ireland, during which this young schoolboy was senselessly shot between the eyes by a soldier and blinded for life. Richard’s story took a unique turn because his parents refused to respond with hate and anger, but rather with forgiveness.
Today, the man the Dalai Lama calls his hero has established organizations that teach parents and teachers how to raise children with the attributes instilled in him by his family. Listen to his story at Videos.LIFETalks.org about a man who quite literally refused to exact an eye for an eye and, in so doing, interrupted a cycle of endless violence. I guarantee, you will be changed.