The 1930's radio show " The Shadow " always asked that question.
Yogic thought recognizes that all of our Energies have a dark side. We may protest that we don't have any Violence , any Rage , any Despair in our hearts.
Have you ever seen Road Rage? Of course we don't have that kind of dark, Shadow -side emotion ... we would never mutter under our breath when someone cuts us off in traffic ... nor would we honk our horn at them ... we don't have that dark side that escalates into Road Rage ...
The worst part about Violence, and I refuse to use the term Senseless Violence, (what does that mean?!??! Is there some kind of Violence that makes sense?!??!) is the way it shakes us to our foundations.
It frightens us ... it makes us ask too many questions about ourselves.
Well, maybe it doesn't exactly frighten us, because Fear is not only one of the Shadow emotions, it is the Root of all of them.
It sends me scurrying to my Yoga mat, hoping to chase away the Shadows in my heart.
I know we can’t change the world from outside ourselves. We have to change our own hearts and reflect that change out into the world, and hope that encourages others to change their hearts and reflect that change out into the world, and so on.
In those moments when I feel Fear, I hold on to the Metta Meditation: