Yoga: Having love and compassion for people we want to hate

peaceHaving just read the article in the huffington post reporting on Colin Brewer, the Cornish Councillor who has outrageously stated,

“If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. They get rid of it. Bang!” (using the analogy to refer to disabled children)

He continued: “We are just animals. He [the farmer] obviously has got a point… You can’t have lambs running around with five legs and two heads.”

Brewer said: “It [the lamb] would be put down, smashed against the wall and be dealt with.”

I am shocked and saddened to know firstly, that any human being would feel it appropriate to kill anything that mother nature created, simply because it didn’t adhere to some ideal of ‘perfection’. Secondly, to know that the Cornish constituency voted this person in to lead their council. Thirdly, to see that so many are engaging in this discourse of hatred and violence. “I would like to smash his head against a wall” commented one.

Whilst his comments are deplorable and why he has been voted into power I shall never know but what I do know is that violence perpetuates violence as the passionate public reaction to this and the other news stories breaking this week around the celebrity ring of paedophiles quite clearly shows. There was a time when I myself would have automatically jumped on the band wagon and I’m definitely guilty of bandy-ing around the odd, “Cunting Cameron” quip, particularly having read stories of suicides caused by policies he has placed resulting in the removal of someone’s benefits. But even there, we have to remember that how someone chooses to respond to something that happens to them is entirely their own agency – not that I am in any way justifying these policies or suggesting that they are acceptable in the first place however, we do have free will for a reason and each person is on his or her own journey. The ashtanga limb, ahimsa asks that we live non-violently both in thought and action.

So how does one go about implementing a philosophy of love and compassion toward human beings who behave so cruelly and dispassionately toward their fellow man? When we feel that we are being ruled by Hitler, why and how should we cultivate feelings of love and generosity toward such a person? In a world dominated by a penal system which encourages the locking up of people such as him, it is sometimes difficult to make people see that there is often a very thin line which separates those who have been locked away and those who are out on the street. Often, it is merely the fact that someone has managed to restrain themselves not to act on a nasty thought which has saved them from being locked up so in ‘reality’ the only difference that separates someone from a violent thought and someone from a violent action is at the level of matter. We should and need to recognise this in order to maintain our own sense of peace.

In an excerpt on Peace, in “What Buddhists Believe,” Tony Morris said this.

“First, they argue that we must, all of us, as individuals and as an international community, use every means at our disposal to understand and remedy the deep causes which have led to the current state of affairs. Lasting solutions cannot be found until we truly grasp the reascompassionons why suffering arises. This may involve facing some awkward facts. Funding Osama Bin Laden and selling chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein, for example, were not wise policies. If we are not hypocrites, we must take responsibility for our own part in fuelling terrorism.

“Second, we must respond to aggression without self-righteousness or hatred. We must engage in earnest and sincere dialogue with our perceived enemies, no matter how repugnant and misguided we feel their views to be. Only by demonstrating a better way forward and a more profound understanding of causation will we undermine their arguments. This is what it means to be truly strong.”

We must recognise and understand how this suffering came to be in the first place. We must look at why and how these people got elected and take responsibility for their continued existence. Most of us, after all, continue to pay taxes which fund the governments who implement such policies whether by choice or not. We can also recognise the suffering of the person who acts in this way and feel compassion for them (note, this does not mean feel sorry for them). In the case, we already know that Mr Brewer has had more than one stroke. Additionally, we can expect them to take responsibility for their own words and actions and face up to the reality of it. In victim support, many criminals are now meeting their victims. One Huff Post reader suggested he should be sent to meet the children he refers to and asked which one of them he would begin with putting down. This isn’t such a bad idea.

Judging by the recent interest to the following freedom of information request (which I note, still has not been addressed), there is an awakening happening, we just need to step up to the mark. All of us, united to help the momentum of love overtake the darkness that currently shadows our world.

Dear Sirs,

You may consider my request for information to be under the Freedom
of Information Act, or just simply a question from a concerned
Human Being, native to the Country commonly called England (having
been born therein), and it being your duty, as a public body, to
honourably answer questions about your activities.

I realise that you operate under Statutes, but they are of no
concern, so please be so kind as not to bother quoting them in
response, for the simple reason that they will not answer my
question, as you will see when reading further.

I suggest that, as a first step, you should read the article on
this link:…

Now, the point is this. From the information in that article you
will comprehend, I’m sure, that the actions of the U.K. Government,
in waging war in Afghanistan and Iraq, causing the deaths of
innocent civilians are illegal in law. And they constitute the
crimes of genocide and a crime against peace. And that the actions
of British taxpayers, in paying taxes to HM Government, which uses
them to finance the war and the killing of Iraqi nationals,
constitute crimes of ‘conduct ancillary to genocide’ and
‘complicity in a crime against peace’.

The law states that:

‘It is an offence against the law of England and Wales for a person
to commit genocide, a crime against humanity or a war crime, or to
engage in conduct ancillary to such an act. This applies to acts
committed in England and Wales or outside the United Kingdom by a
U.K. national, resident or person subject to U.K. service
jurisdiction.’ See: International Criminal Court Act 2001…

‘Genocide’ means any of the following acts committed with intent to
destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious
group as such (a) killing members of the group; (b) causing serious
bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) deliberately
inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring
about its physical destruction in whole or in part..

Whosoever shall aid, abet, counsel or procure the commission of any
indictable offence, whether the same be an offence at common law or
by virtue of any Act passed or to be passed, shall be liable to be
tried, indicted, and punished as a principal offender. See:
Accessories and Abettors Act 1861…

Please also consult: Charter of the United Nations…
and Evidence of Genocide – Crime Report…

Therefore, in summary, the payment of taxes, collected on behalf of
the UK Government, must constitute ‘aiding and abetting’ war crimes
as defined.

Therefore those who collect these taxes must also constitute
‘aiding and abetting’ war crimes as defined.

So how, bearing in mind what is presented herein, how do you
justify what you do as NOT ‘aiding and abetting’ the war crimes
committed by the UK Government under their own so-called ‘rule of

I ask this because I cannot, for the life of me, think of an
honourable answer My Self.

Please read this information very carefully before responding.
Thank you.

Sincerely without ill-will, vexation, or frivolity,

Veronica: of the Chapman family. (a sovereign Human Being born in
the Country commonly called England)