The title of this blog is the title of an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I visited the MIA on Saturday afternoon with my son and partner. Not long after visiting the above-titled exhibit, we heard yelling nearby. One woman was repeating "Stop it!" amid many other indecipherable screams. My son was not currently within eyesight, so I ran toward the yells hoping to not see him amongst the unknown chaos. He was not.
I had never felt so disheartened for the human race as when I witnessed a man lying on the floor, held up by a female security guard, being kicked in the back of the head and again in the face. Two men took running starts to cause as much damage to this man's head as they could.
I don't watch violent scenes in movies because they are too disturbing, and here I watched it live. Tears came to my eyes for the man on the floor. What was the point of the people beating a man senseless? Apparently, the attackers were protesters — what message does their rageful act illustrate? What was their intention? Do they even know? Peacefulness is not a word that comes to mind.
My son and I spent considerable time in the exhibit with the Buddha statues. Before this incident arose, we shared with each other that one Buddha, in particular, seemed to emanate an energy. We retraced our steps and found it was the same Buddha for us both. In my eyes, and not coincidentally, it was the Seated Jina who represents "a liberated being whose renunciation of passion and anger is intended to guide other individuals towards a life of nonviolence and respect for all living things."
I wonder how it is that people justify their beliefs by abusing others? We violently defend our beliefs without question although we have the ability to question ourselves! We, as humans, have brains that allow us to think about the fact that we think, and yet we choose not to see the lens in which we view the world.
Perhaps we can see the lens of others if we step out from behind our own?
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