Despite his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is still responsible for taking the life of another person and will need to atone for his actions. The jury representing the legal system of the State of Florida cannot relieve him of this obligation. There are greater Laws that supersede any created by humankind: The Jewish and Christian commandment: “Thou shall not kill.” The first precept of Buddhism: to abstain from taking life. The first of the Hindu yamas (restraints): non-harming. There is no addendum to these admonitions–no “however,” “except for,” or “exclusive of.”
After his death Zimmerman will be accountable for all his actions, but he need not wait until then to set things right. Engaging in a process of reconciliation with the parents and loved ones of Trayvon Martin would be a start. However, he must also engage with the spirit and soul of Trayvon, admitting his responsibility, showing remorse for his actions, and asking forgiveness of him so that Trayvon can be at peace in the next life and so that he himself can be freed from his karmic debt while still in this life. So, too, must he ask forgiveness of the God of his understanding for taking the life of one of God’s creations.
Categories: Reflections on Life