This sixth 6th night of Chanukah is another chance to take a deep breath, focus on the flames and make an intention for less darkness and more delighted light in simple moments, more safety, more joy to the world.
(For this blog’s overall intention: 8vshate:why & how )
Tonight’s intention: Occupy Violence – within our selves, and in the world – words and actions, born of hate, lead to death. Each candle is a memory to victims of violence, a vigil of vigilance.
What’s a Maccabee? someone asked me this morning. It really means ‘one who is armed’ I had to explain. More specifically – ‘one who holds a big mallett’ – one of those effective scary weapons of days long ago. And though Judah and co. are named thus for their fight for freedom against religious oppression it is not hard to imagine them described by the Greek press as as dangerous terrorists. Its all a matter of perspective. sometimes you gotta fight. Sometimes the fight is right. So often it isn’t. What can we do reduce the rage within our own selves in the world around us?
here are six sad facts for the sixth night. Food for thought: occupy violence.
Fact #1: Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
Fact #2: One out of every six American women have been the victims of a rape or attempted rape
Fact #3 Of the 6,624 single-bias incidents reported in 2010, 47.3 percent were racially motivated, 20.0 percent were motivated by religious bias, 19.3 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias, 12.8 percent stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias, and 0.6 percent were prompted by disability bias.
Fact #4 91.5% of LGBT students in the US report hearing homophobic remarks, such as “faggot,” “dyke”
Fact #5 90% of 4th through 8th graders in the US report being victims of bullying
Fact #6 Estimated each year in the US 31,225 people are killed due to homicide, suicide and unintentional shooting. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day, or three death each hour.
Thank you freedom fighters and activists for a safer world.