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#5104 - Monday, December 5, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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There is so much in the media about Nelson Mandela, it hardly seems possible,
or perhaps necessary, to say more. I still find it amazing that anyone could
set up the process of 'truth and reconcilation' to deal with the aftermath of
"For hatred can never put an end to hatred; love alone can. This is an unalterable  
law." One of several translations from the Dhammapada. Martin Luther King called  
hatred darkness and made another famous quote. But to implement it? How hard is  
that? To bring perpetrators and victims into the same space to talk. What an amazing 
example Nelson Mandela set. 
My new Pakistani friend, Omar Gilani, also writes about dealing with evil from experience. 
I cannot imagine how difficult it is to live in Pakistan. When just going about your 
ordinary life is dangerous and one may be bombed or shot for just being who you 
are or in the wrong place. He too, has an amazing message. ~ Gloria
Do Your Work
Posted on December 4, 2013 by inalig
by Omar  Gilani
'Injustices' have been happening since man first began measuring time. This is simply 
the result of a conflict between our ideas of what should be and the nature of what 
truly is. This is why we are so appalled each time we hear of unnatural or premature 
deaths. We find it difficult to mentally reconcile freak occurences because we like 
to believe in underlying order, cause and effect, cosmic determinism, and so on. But 
the hard truth is that shit happens, and it will continue to do so. What’s left then is 
how we deal with it.  [...]
It has now come to a point where we are exposed to such unspeakable, unjustifiable, 
unacceptable daily occurrences that we have to take notice. One can’t sit still 
anymore, one has to speak out or take action against the evil that one sees. This is 
basic human nature. The problem is that our 'speaking out and taking action' is almost 
entirely useless.
The internet is partially to blame; it has made it too easy to be lazily compassionate. 
We’ll put up Facebook status updates of indignation, share pictures of bloody kids 
out of context, get on Express Tribune blog posts and write long-winded hate 
And if that’s not enough, we’ll blame each other for the atrocities that we see: upper 
class blames the poor, conservatives blame liberals, populists blame the government, 
Shias blame Sunnis, Muslims blame minorities, and when all else fails, we’ll blame the 
unseen, unheard forces beyond our control: the fahaash, evil empire of the West. 
And then we can breathe easy. Because we’ve sort of rationalized the evil, deflected 
it out of our lives, put it in a neat little box, washed our hands of any responsibility. 
All that evil goes back to being disconnected images playing out on our television sets. 
It isn’t our problem anymore, we’ve done our part. We’ve talked.
But this attitude is fucking us up pretty bad.
Evil exists. It will always exist. But that doesn’t mean that we should sit around and 
mope and whine and talk about it. All that we can do is accept it, and then take action 
despite it. Talking about the evil helps no one. Pointing fingers helps no one. The only 
way to blot it out is through action.
Here is an alternative way of looking at it. This is going to sound a bit strange at 
first but bear with me:
Evil is an essential force in this world.  
Everything in the universe is relative. Everything exists in contrast to something else. 
Tall is tall because it is compared to short. And good can come into being only when 
there is evil to compare it to.
Deep down we know this. But it seems like the message has been lost of late.
If all we can do is sit around and talk, evil wins. If we let it affect our reality, and 
we get sad and mopey because of events we hear about that don’t directly concern us, 
evil wins.
The only way that evil doesn’t win is to do your work regardless. Acknowledge evil is 
there, and be a force of good against it. Less talk, more action.
If you think talking about it will make it go away, you are useless. You are nothing 
more than a commentator, a reminder of the problem. You are not part of the solution. 
It isn’t enough to simply voice your opinion.
But then what is enough? There are so many problems, there is so much madness, there 
are so many issues to deal with. What can one person possibly do?!
Simply this: do your work. Do that which is unique to you, do it with all the love and 
energy and good that you can do it with. Push forward in spite of the evil around you.
Remember that one story in a thousand that you hear about, which actually warms 
your heart instead of making you feel bad? Be that story in your own unique way. 
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