Turning Poison Into Nectar
William Cassidy’s post today, August 27, 2009, is yet another brazen example of a batterer’s sociopathic thought process. Here is a quote from his post “…once upon a time, you dreamed that somebody came clump, clump, clumping up the stairs to your bedroom and did you an injury. Notions of ‘who,’ or ‘why’ just don’t matter. Maybe it was somebody you knew. Maybe it was the bogeyman. Maybe you were secretly in love with the bogeyman and wished he would come.” Imagine. This is from a man who likes to think that he understands Buddhism, even thinks of himself as a teacher. And yet he is twisted enough to think that any woman would WANT to be attacked. No one WANTS to be attacked. Violence is a form of hatred. We have pointed out in a previous post the characteristics of a batterer. In this post, we see that he is psyching himself up to attack his current object of interest. And who might that be? Cassidy has been cyberstaIlking Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo for more than a year now. He is a dangerous man who when frustrated and can’t get what he wants, will beat it out of any woman, no matter whether she is a girlfriend, his mother, or his wife.
But Jetsunma is not the only woman who has to deal with this kind of mentally deranged menace. According to the US Department of Justice, more than one million women in the US are stalked each year. We want to reach out to such women. In an effort to do so, we have launched a new blog called Cyber Stalker Alert. The mission of this blog is to “empower women who are being stalked.” “As Buddhists, we wish to help women recognize that true compassion is not to be equated with submissiveness, passivity, or tolerance of harmful behavior. Stopping a stalker is the only way to help a stalker. We aim to help women recognize patterns of abuse and find resources to deal with that abuse. Resources are available in the community, but they are also available within…… We invite you to visit the blog, it is currently under construction.
In this way, may the poison that Mr. Cassidy spews forth through his words and deeds, be transformed into something that may benefit many beings. May all women be empowered and have the courage to stand up to aggression.