Ill-will: Daily Metta

“I may not harbor ill-will even against a Dyer. I regard ill-will as beneath the dignity of man.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, September 12, 1929

How often do we hear the insight that Gandhi is offering us? Ill-will, he maintains, is not worthy of human beings; yet the media and our culture generally are intent on making us believe that ill-will helps us, that resentment frees and empowers us. What would happen to us if we actually believed that message deep within? Gandhi said that even Dyer, the general who ordered the massacre of peaceful protestors, increased his determination to have the British “quit India.” But he says that he will not hate him. Take a moment to consider what he is saying and the effect it must have had on those who looked to him for support: we are stronger than colonialism because we are stronger than hatred.

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