Stranger than Fictionand also more disheartening. . . .here in Northern New Mexico tragic things happen everyday. Last week there was an especially horrific story of a 'Good Samaritan' killed for trying to help a pregnant woman being beaten by her 'parnter'. It was on a fairly busy state road that leads from Espanola to Abiquiu. Beautiful country--making this act of violence all the more surreal.
The good samaritan was run over by the perpetrator and killed. Today's headlines read, "Pregnant Woman Says She Will Marry the Man Who Beat Her" This of course makes the entire tragedy all the more incredible--and I do mean that in its most literal form, without credibility.
First of all, one can only hope that the perpetrator will be jailed for his actions. Secondly, what did this woman's father do to her? It's pitiful.
I don't like to use the word pity in reference to human beings and their decisions or choices, but clearly this is not a woman acting from choice as we understand it. Instead, she like the man who beat her, is acting from compulsion, that most beastly part of ourselves. Yogiji says that we are 1/3 beat, 1/3 human and 1/3 angel and it is our duty to at least become human, truly human--compassionate, kind, and caring. And then, with the grace of the fellowship and God, we can elevate ourselves to acts of angelic nature. But the beast is often the only part of our nature we ever express.
God help this woman and all others like her who are willing to accept abuse and call it love. God help all the families, the fathers and mothers, who don't uplift their daughters to be the graceful, powerful women they are--and instead instill in them such self-loathing that they stay in such dangerous situations, where abuse and pain are accepted because it's better than 'nothing.'
Yogiji often said that to uplift a woman is to uplift an entire generation. So, look around, see that young girl--say something to her today that will allow her to know her grace, her dignity, and her value. Uplift her and in so doing, uplift an entire generation.