Sometimes it feels like all that we see outside is also visible inside ourselves. When we fail to see such things within ourselves, God has to make an unpleasant choice of magnifying that and make us see it in the outside world. It feels like - 'sometimes explosion has to loud enough for deaf to hear." Explosion may result in serious damage, but deaf won't hear it in any other way.
Every time a large scale violence happens, I think it is just a reflection of violence within ourselves. We have not cared to attend to such violence in our individual selves and God has had to enact it on a larger screen of life so that we all see the drama and learn from it. When we hear major financial scams like the one recently pulled off by Madoff, it is nothing but greed in our hearts. We let greed fester so long in our hearts that it had to spill over sometimes.
God's hammer (GK Chesterson?) works that way. When we do not learn from gentle instructions and stray away and about make a serious mistake, God has to bring down his mighty hammer on our faltering knuckles. It hurts to be hit that way but it is much less of a hurt than what we can potentially cause ourselves if God were not to take such action.
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