This is a thought I had posted on Facebook back in August...
"The most important question is not "Do I kill?" but "Do I carry a blessing in my heart or a curse?" The bullet that kills is only the final instrument of the hatred that began being nurtured in the heart long before the gun was picked up." ~HN
This quote comes out of a commentary written by Henri Nouwen regarding violence in the world. It seems to me that the "blessing or curse we carry in our hearts" is inherited. To change this inheritance for better appears to be a choice, though often difficult. If I want to see change in the world, then I need to start changing those things in myself that I see as problems in the world around me, as best I can in any given moment, starting with the smallest, most seemingly insignifcant issues. Otherwise, I fulfill the role of judgmental victim.