The Ferguson grand jury verdict was made public last night. Like many others, I am having many reactions to this event and am unhappy with the lack of indictment. I am hopeful that we, as a country, and as humanity, use this as a catalyst for change. Yet, I am not yet able to give voice to my entire reaction.
I saw a quote today which has stuck with me throughout the day:
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Additionally, our chaplain (who is amazing) shared a prayer at our vigil for peace earlier today which continues to bounce around in my head of which I want to take note:
May our eyes remain open even in the face of tragedy.
May we not become disheartened.
May we find in the dissolution of our apathy and denial, the cup of the broken heart.
May we discover the gift of the fire burning in the inner chamber of our being — burning great and bright enough to transform any poison.
May we offer the power of our sorrow to the service of something greater than ourselves.
May our guilt not rise up to form yet another defensive wall.
May the suffering purify and not paralyze us.
May we endure; may sorrow bond us and not separate us.
May we realize the greatness of our sorrow and not run from its touch or its flame.
May clarity be our ally and wisdom our support.
May our wrath be cleansing, cutting through the confusion of denial and greed.
May we not be afraid to see or speak our truth.
May the bleakness of the wasteland be dispelled.
May the soul’s journey be revealed and the true hunger fed.
May we be forgiven for what we have forgotten and blessed with the remembrance of who we really are.
–The Terma Collective