And it came to me: turning the other cheek, taking the hit, absorbing it, not striking back with your body or your spirit effectively says, "the violence stops here, with me. I take it. I hold it. This stream of hate will flow no farther."

Taking in this pain and containing it were not acts of cowardice or victimhood but of great courage, tremendous strength. Once I'd done this successfully I found true honor lay in stopping the cycle, being the one to take the hit, not only for myself but for those who would be infected should I pass it on.

Nevada Barr, Seeking Enlightenment. . . Hat by Hat