II. Do As You Are Done?
The realization that another person wishes to harm and hurt you cannot undermine genuine compassion—a compassion based on the clear recognition of that person as someone who has the natural and instinctual desire to seek happiness and overcome suffering, just like oneself.
These thugs knew no limit. They captured planes and flew them and all the passenger right into the emblem of Wealth and Trade in the American Century. Thousands of people died, tens of thousands mourned: they had all lost 'a loving mother, a kind father, an innocent child, a helpful friend' (Inayat Khan). A nation was shaken.
Some called it war – some called it crime and depending on the call would advise the antidote and cure.
The Christian world decided to trust a tribal statement: an eye for an eye won. There was not only the necessity to punish and revenge, but also precaution had to be taken to prevent any repetition of the incident.
And we were told: we had to make our world safer. We had to reconsider. The world 'after' was not the world 'before' – the rules had been broken by 'them' and anyhow: would these 'old' rules suffice to insure our safety?
If they brutally murdered our innocent – what were they to expect from us? What could they expect from us? Honestly! Do as you are done!