There's no other way to say it, because that's what happened. I got mugged. Even though I'm a peace blogger, I don't feel particularly forgiving of my mugger, or understanding of his situation. I don't even know what his situation is, since after pushing me down a flight of stairs and grabbing my bag he just looked through it, dropped it, and walked away.
But of course, after getting my broken wrist set and talking to the cops, I started to think. About his life and mine. About the reasons I'm so interested in peace and the reasons he felt it was okay to hurt someone. It made me think that all stories of violence exist in a context that's not obvious at first, whether you're talking about a mugging or a war. And that all our small interactions with each other, and especially with kids, affect the development of that context and the choices we make later in life.
Here at HumanKind Media we don't talk much about war, suicide bombings, or murders. We figure you can get all that somewhere else. We're trying to give you something good to take with you into your daily interactions, in the hope that those stories will help you act more often out of hope and a shared intention for peace. But we don't want violence to be ignored, either. Today I'm telling you my small story. It shows that yes, there is violence in the world, but I hope it also shows that I still think there is always more good in the world, more hope. And that we can all help make more.