i vow to develop COMPASSION
in order to protect the lives
of people, animals, plants and minerals.
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I recently had a reasoning session with a very dear friend, Amani, about being mindful of the value of life for all sentient beings. We started to discuss those creepy little spiders (you know the ones) and my automatic mental response was "SQUISH." I paused and began to reflect on my lack of mindfulness as Amani expressed her amazement and fascination about the Most High taking such care in creating their tiny bodies in such great detail. She rhetorically asked, "Why would i smash it when i could just shoo it away?" Her words resonated deep within my soul...and I instantly felt remorse for my impulsive desire to squish the little buggers so that I could feel more comfortable with my existence while completely disregarding their own. (on knees, hands clasped, eyed tightly shut - whispering 'Father, please forgive me!!!!")
It is against this backdrop that my heart sank last night when I received the news that the state of Georgia and the United States Supreme Court had declined to save the life of Troy Davis, a Black man on death row who was accused and convicted of murdering a white police officer on the testimony of 9 witness (7 of whom had since recanted); a case in which no physical evidence ever tied him to the crime. (exhale). As his executioner entered the death chamber, Mr. Davis continued to profess his innocence and prayed for those about to take his life. Though his request for further investigation to seek the truth fell on deaf ears of those in positions of power, my earnest prayer is that Mr. Davis is now in a more peaceful place than he encountered here on earth and that his pain in leaving us was not too great.
I do find it quite interesting that while the debate on stopping the execution was raging on, the mother of the victim stated that she would find peace in Mr. Davis' death. (a foreign concept to me, but i can appreciate her suffering). Today, however, her statement is that "All the feelings of relief and peace I've been waiting for all these years, they will come later. I certainly do want some peace." I sincerely pray she finds it. May the truth soon reveal itself so that Mr. Davis' family can also embrace peace.