Saturday. Over my morning cup of tea, I stumble sleepily into the "California" section of the Los Angeles Times. Front page: a husband and two boys, 7 and 3, murdered--supposedly by their mother in Rowland Heights. Page 3: "2 deny guilt in OC slayings"--a father and daughter killed, allegedly by two men, because they tried to end a relationship between one of the men and another daughter, because the family was Hindu and the suitor a Muslim. Page 7: "Victims are remembered in Burbank: Two apartment complex residents were shot dead Thursday and a third wounded. Then the shooter turned the gun on himself." That's the local news. The first instinct, of course, is to blame the killers. Please instead send metta to these--and all those many other--unhappy and ignorant human beings, who seem to know of no other way to solve their conflicts than to kill their neighbors and their loved ones. Including those who wage war. As our teacher says, the world would be a better place if they could find true happiness and the source of happiness.
And have a good weekend.