We contain all the beautiful qualities and actions of our ancestors, and also the painful qualities. Knowing this, we can try our best to continue what is good and beautiful in our ancestors, and we will practice to transform the violence and pain passed down to us from so many generations. We know that we practice peace not for ourselves, but for the benefit of all our ancestors and all our descendants.
…..Thich Nhat Hanh
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I feel guilt about some of my ancestry—the ones from the south. And yet they’re the ones I don’t know anything about. How do I make peace with them? With myself? With those in government who sow hate?