Image from YouTube: Temple Hayes with Dr. Arun Gandhi
On the morning of the deadliest mass shooting in modern history, I was in Orlando, Florida to interview Dr. Arun Gandhi to discuss non-violence, the effects of society's suppressed anger, and ways to bring more compassion in our lives. Synchronistically, it was the birthday of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and we met not far from the Pulse nightclub where survivors and families were creating a memorial for the 49 victims who died there. During our conversation, we declared this day a defining moment. We must become the peace we want to see in the world. We must stand together. We must expand for humanity and make our voices heard.
These are volatile times and we can’t afford to go numb, to sit impassively and make random violence of any magnitude a new normal. We can’t just sit in front of our screens and hope for the world to change. We must search for perspective and understand that the change we want to see in the world is both an individual and collective task. To further paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, each of us must understand our thoughts become our words (and texts). Our social media, too often becomes our only actions. Our actions become our habits. Our habits become our values. Our values, become our destiny.