Yesterday I wrote about justice, wondering what restitution looks like for murder. Today, I’m pondering what restitution we each owe in response to this tragedy.
One reader asked something that I’d been thinking about ever since I heard the motive behind the Brattleboro Food Co-op killing:
Where was the open dialogue within the coop to air grievances among the staff?
This same reader asked another question that I think many of us have pondered:
What must have been happening to him cumulatively that created this last straw?
This brought to mind our responsibility to each other and to ourselves–which is illuminated by this well-known Native American tale:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
Kelly Salasin, August 15, 2011