Friday, June 28, 2013

A Gandhian Approach to the Zimmerman/ Martin Shooting

As we watch the trial for the shooting of Travon Martin by Mr. George Zimmerman, a Gandhian observation suggests that the foundational problem was that the neighborhood contained those who had hoarded treasure on earth that others could covet.  Mr. Zimmerman was there to guard the neighborhood from those who would steal from the property owners, as he had stopped a break-in recently in that very neighborhood.  A black male was involved, we hear, in the previous break-in, and Martin was also black.

The solution is to not lay up treasure on earth that could become an attraction to others.

In a stateless society, there are no gun laws, so Mr. Zimmerman's holding of a weapon would be acceptable.  And the wearing of a hooded sweat shirt would also be reasonable by a young black man.  The outcome would be no trial, no judgement, no condemnation.  There would be a common understanding that the arc of the universe is long, but it leans toward justice.  Man is neither the arc nor justice, nor the purveyor of said justice.

Gene Chapman,
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky)