Daily Archives: December 16, 2012


Universal Responsibility

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“One of the Dalai Lama’s first principles is something he calls “universal responsibility.” However quick we are to place His Holiness on a saintly pedestal, it is only because the threshold of our own responsibility sometimes seems so very low—especially at this moment of reflection upon the massacre of the innocents in Newtown.”

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in: Salem News http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december172012/universal-responsibility-wm.php, Pagosa News, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/universal-responsibility-121912/, New Clear Vision http://www.newclearvision.com/2012/12/22/universal-responsibility/
Date: December 17,19,22,2012

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From Misogyny to Murder: A feminist perspective on the Connecticut shootings

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“When reading about the murders in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, one point in particular stood out to me as a woman: Adam Lanza killed his mother. This point reveals something essential about the nature of all violence and gives a clue as to why these horrific events take place. For though it is reported that Nancy Lanza taught her son how to shoot a gun and she believed in guns for “protection,” in order to kill a mother, you have to learn how to hate her. In order to learn how to hate one person, you learn hatred itself. My hope is that with the call for more responsible gun laws we might in the same courageous breath witness the misogyny of his act because it provides a key for unlocking any sense of “mystery” of how this could have happened and understand that women are often on the receiving end of hatred, however subtle or however much of an “aside” it might seem. This is an important point, I think, because if we are to rid ourselves of misogyny we have to trace it to its root cause; and when we do we find ourselves at the striking at the root of all acts of such violence.”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Salem News http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december162012/connecticut-shootings-svh.php, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/feminist-perspective-on-murder-121912/, Metta Center for Nonviolence http://mettacenter.org/blog/from-misogyny-to-murder-a-feminist-perspective-on-the-connecticut-shootings/, Los Angeles Informer http://losangeles.informermg.com/2012/12/17/from-misogyny-to-murder-a-feminist-perspective-on-the-connecticut-shootings/, San Diego Informer http://sandiego.informermg.com/2012/12/17/from-misogyny-to-murder-a-feminist-perspective-on-the-connecticut-shootings/, Houston Informer http://houston.informermg.com/2012/12/17/from-misogyny-to-murder-a-feminist-perspective-on-the-connecticut-shootings/, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/13481-from-misogyny-to-murder-a-feminist-perspective-on-the-connecticut-shootings
Date: December 16,19,21,2012

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