A previous “Quote of the Week” featured Maha Ghosananda — the Gandhi of Cambodia. You can see his biography from that post here. Thanks to Larry Yang’s website, I just came across these wonderful words:
I do not question that loving one’s oppressors — Cambodians loving the Khmer Rouge — may be the most difficult attitude to achieve. But it is a law of the universe that retaliation, hatred, and revenge only continue the cycle and never stop it. Reconciliation does not mean that we surrender rights and conditions, but rather that we use love in our negotiations. It means that we see ourselves in the opponent — for what is the opponent but a being in ignorance, and we ourselves are also ignorant of many things. Therefore, only compassion and mindfulness can free us.