Anger

Look at the world today. Can you feel the anger simmering? Can you see it in the world as we speak? And how about yourself? Are you honest enough to feel it in yourself also?

Do you remember a time back in the 1930s, when economic depression led to unrest, political upheaval, nationalism, violence and war? We believe ourselves so superior these days, convinced we have learned and that something like that would never happen again. That's what they said after the first world war too, refusing to see that we are always the same humanity at every step in history. This is why we always make the same mistakes in new forms.

Feel it. It is right here. We feel afraid, betrayed, hurt, disillusioned... We see power being abused, violence, people suffering, our personal security threatened, political forces pounding one another...

Given enough fear, enough insecurity and threats, anger comes knocking at our door.

And when anger arises it lashes out at what it perceives to be the cause; the threat to me, to us, to the good guys, to the innocent ones. The threat to my or their survival, culture, politics, country, community or family.

And here we are, sitting on our high horses, looking at these angry people...and what do we do? We judge, blame, point fingers and call them stupid and refuse to listen. "Why would I want to listen to anger?" you might say? Because anger comes from fear. All those that you look down on in contempt for their hatred are deeply fearful. And yet, because this makes us afraid, we feed our own anger right back at them

Whether you are a right-winger in fear of Muslims and left-wingers, or a left-winger in fear of right-wingers and corporate power or government violence, all you do is feed the cycle of violence.

No one is superior in this story. No one.

Now remember the stories we hear about people getting attacked on public transport, harassed on the street or online, all because of some idea of being gay, Muslim, left-winger, right-winger, hater, hippie, American, Israeli or whatever else we conjure up as a reason to treat someone badly. What does the great majority do? They look away. Either we look away in glee because "they deserved it." Or we look away because it didn't happen to us.

Someone can get attacked in public, yet no one around them lifts a finger. We feel sad that something like that happens in our own society, yet rarely do we reflect honestly upon what we ourselves would do if we were a bystander in the same situation. We hope we would be different, but deep down we understand the fear that made them passive supporters of hatred.

Only a tiny majority would instinctively step in and say "no", a "no" that arises in a moment of forgetfulness - a forgetfulness of themselves and their own personal security. These people are in the grip of a rare moment of selflessness. When asked later they don't really understand the question, for anyone would do the same, wouldn't they? Wasn't it the only right thing to do right there and then? We call them heroes, yet they never even thought about what they did. We feel awe for them, for when real Love is moving, it is awe-inspiring.

Which one are you? Would you risk your health and well-being in the face of hatred? Or would you pull away and go home and feel afraid and angry at the state of the world?

This is not about writing in the newspaper about the degeneration of responsibility. This is not about voting for the right party. This is not about being for or against Syrian refugees. This is not about opinion or belief. All that is fear and anger.

This is purely about one thing:

On a day-to-day basis, in your everyday life, within the circles you move and on the buses you ride, what are you feeling?

How do you relate to those around you? Where do you speak and act from in yourself? From your fear or from selflessness?

Martin Luther King Jr. said it just like countless people before and after him:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

So watch your emotions. Watch what you post on Facebook. Watch how you argue and how you portray others. Watch how you feel about what is happening and the people involved. Watch what emotions drive what you do.

Once you believe that you are superior and know better, once you judge and paint in those oh-so-appealing black and white colours, you are the same as them. And as you hate, they hate.

Once you know that your own hatred is the same fear that we all share, you take the first step towards being different. Once you identify how this makes you move in the world, you are contributing to a different world. Once you decide to meet the hatred in yourself and in others fearlessly, knowing yourself to be part of the problem, Love begins to move.

It is all about refusing to listen to the fear and anger inside.

Love isn't about "being good." That is just what we tell others when they say or do something we don't like. Or when we believe ourselves to be part of "the good guys" to justify ourselves and our endless opinions.

But Love is vastly greater than that. Love knows that we are all fearful little children in a threatening world. Love knows that everyone is doing their best under chaotic circumstances and confusing events. Love knows that abuse is not cured by abuse. Love knows that judgement doesn't disappear by judging in return.

Love is a spark of selfless service to the greater good right there and then when it is needed. The rest is storytelling.

Love happens when the fearful little person disappears, either for a split-second or for life. When someone is abused and you forget yourself and step into harms way to help, Love is there. When someone hurls hatred in your face and you let your guard down and don't defend your position, Love breathes. When the world comes crashing down and you don't allow yourself to lash out at those you feel are responsible, Light comes alive.

Love only has space when we refuse to listen to our own fear, anger and superiority. Love can only bloom when we know we are no different than those we judge.

Why is Jesus such a powerful figure even to countless people who would never label themselves "Christian"? Because he had no concern for himself. In him Love was the only thing allowed to act and speak:

"Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."

Now, take responsibility.


(16.09.2015)

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