The workshop today was very informative. My favorite speaker was Rabbi Shaul Praver. He is from Newtown, Conn. As you can imagine, he had a different perspective on gun control and mental illness. He believes, as do I, that the United States has a big violence problems that we are not dealing with. He did not frame his discussion with politics. Instead, he talked about creating a culture of peace. I liked that. He said that while public schools cannot teach religion (because whose religion would they teach), the fruits of the major religions are the same...compassion, kindness, generosity, love... Those things CAN be taught. He advocated for a curriculum of compassion...teaching kids to be compassionate...teaching kids to be peaceful.
I could feel myself getting excited about that idea. That could be a fun thing to develop. At the very least, it is an encouraging thing to think about.
He gave me much to think about, and while it was an early morning, I am really glad I went. It's nice sometimes to be the one sitting in the audience.
Culture of Peace