There is violence that exists within all of us. Turning a blind eye from ourselves is the thing that is the most destructive.
I went to see a play last night. It is called Nirbhaya. I left the theatre shell shocked.
The play outlines the story of the brutal rape and murder of a woman called, Jyoti Singh Pandey on December 16th, 2012. I remember hearing about this event. My friend Kamaraj called me weeping. “How does this happen?” I heard him say on the end of the other line.
“How does this keep happening?” I asked myself.
The show illustrates violence everywhere. Six women share their stories of abuse – supported by one male actor.
All of the performers are brave. They stand on stage and bear their souls like warriors for vulnerability and peace.
But I was most impressed by the man… who subtly and quietly supported all six stories. He took on the most heinous of all traits that exist in people and fearlessly represented the part of humanity that wants to tear, rip, rape and destroy another person… because he can.
The play was a beautiful, simple and profound depiction of honest stories. The women expose all parts of themselves with an astonishing level of commitment.
Now, what I keep thinking about is “How does this continue to happen?” and “How do we heal this?”
In my opinion we need to get humble. We need to look for our own violence and start caring for one another.
We need to educate ourselves. I recently finished the fifth of seven courses with the women’s organization I work with. The organization is called “Jness”. The course exposed the lack of understanding and compassion in a way I have never experienced and as a result I have gained a profound understanding of not only “why and how” this happens but “what” needs to happen to make this stop.
It is not simply more rallies and more awareness… we have got to change our internal process. We are animals right now… primitive creatures who lack awareness. The only way we will stop this cycle of violence is though maturing and evolving. Which demands education.
I feel blessed to live at this time. I feel blessed to have found the Jness education. I feel horrified this exists. I feel determined to make it end.
If you live in NYC or close to it, do not miss Nirbhaya. It is astonishing.
And if you want to know more about Jness check out our website. It seems simple at first blush, but it is not complexity we need to make this change, it is tenacity and commitment.