I support peace. I became a vegetarian to avoid committing violence on a daily basis. Words are cheap, where action backs up what you say you believe in. I am still a work in progress when it comes to my mind and my heart. Mother used to say that what comes out of your mouth is what is in your heart. I believe she was right. I watch what I have in my mind and watch what I say. I am not always successful. Being more aware of the power of thought and words and how they develop into deeds, I am getting better at watching myself.
That said, I find that I am in conflict over the recent events, the mosque massacre, in New Zealand. My heart goes out to the victims. On the other hand, my mind is less sympathetic. It is hard to admit that.
What I have read in the Koran, and read about activities in Muslim countries, and Mosques that promote hatred, AND the nonstop attacks against Israel...I am less sympathetic towards Muslims.
I want to send them love. I want to value them as humans. I find it hard to do that. When I listen to Imams and even children spouting hatred towards Jews as well as promoting murder of Jews, my hands shake and my heart fills with fear. I believe they believe what they say.
One of the people in my prayer group offered me a perspective: it is their problem! True enough. But were I in the wrong place at the right time...I could be killed. Maybe that is extreme, since living here in peaceful Florida does not exactly put me on the radar. The only thought that eases my fears is the belief that evil and negativity will never prevail.