Must change mind­set

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

We are in agree­ment with the need for “vic­tory over vi­o­lence.” That vic­tory is not sim­ply con­vinc­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to change their be­hav­ior.

True vic­tory will be the chang­ing of a mind­set.

A symp­tom is some­thing that in­di­cates the ex­is­tence of some­thing else. A root is the ba­sic cause or ori­gin of some­thing. I sub­mit to you that a mind­set that has been framed in such a way that hu­man life is no longer viewed as sa­cred is the root of the vi­o­lence we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Does our cry that “all lives mat­ter” in­clude the mo­ment of con­cep­tion? Is it col­or­blind? Does it pull down strongholds re­lated to gen­der, spe­cial needs, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, age? Un­til all hu­man lives re­ally mat­ter, can any life mat­ter?

If hu­man life is not sa­cred, can any­thing be sa­cred?

We can­not undo the past, but we can ap­ply the power of love to the present, for trans­for­ma­tion. Be trans­formed by re­new­ing of our minds, and the root formed will pro­duce the symp­toms of a mind that views all hu­man life as sa­cred. LOU TURNER Jack­sonville

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