“If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth” [African proverb]
Unfortunately, in our society there is no ‘initiation’ from boyhood to manhood. Even our young that go to university they are still ‘Taking’ and it still takes a few years before they ‘Give’ back, so they are already quite old compared to other societies. The rioter’s burn as it gives them a lift ‘cos of their lack of self-esteem. The looters are also stuck in ‘Taking’ they have not moved onto the ‘Giving’ level.
This is all a reflection of our society where our Government ‘Take’ power and our banks ‘Take’ money by amassing wealth, and we as individuals are doing the same. I would prefer people destroy the buildings in their minds but what would be interesting is how do we start a modern initiation practice to go from the Taker to the Giver who takes responsibility? Without painful practices of the past like Sun Dancing involving piercing or teenage circumcision.
How you judge the rioters/looters is a reflection of you. If you see them as an angry mob then unconsciously there is anger in you. The reason being is that we’re One with the Source, which is perfect including rioters/looters. So we have to take responsibility for what we project outwards. Peace from within spreading out.
“Sit, be still, and listen,
For you are drunk,
And we are at the edge of the roof.” —Rumi