Last week’s terror attack on Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand struck a cord with many and no doubt resulted in quite a mixture of feelings all around the world. There are many who would quote the adage, “Live by the sword, Die by the sword” in reference to the numerous terror attacks perpetrated by Jihadists. The problem with that judgement is that these were not Jihadists who were killed, but peaceful worshipers. There are those who would claim that Islam is not a religion of peace, but of war, allowing its adherents to mistreat, or even kill infidels at will. Of course those who make these claims are usually members of a different religion and have an axe of their own to grind. The bottom line is that Terror is exploitation, and it will work through anyone who avails themselves to it. It is destructive, malicious, vicious, debilitating to society and Death to the individual.
I grew up in Southern West Virginia as a highly sensitive, intuitive male in a rugged, hands-on, survival-of-the-fittest environment. Church was the way I coped and “fit in” while keeping my sensitivity intact and maintaining a certain modicum of manliness. I learned to become a chameleon at a very young age and to avoid conflict by keeping my true thoughts and feelings carefully tucked away. I drank the Kool-Aid of my conservative religion and set out to master its principles and values. My Intuitive, Feeling, Perceptive, Introverted personality made me more conscious of the thoughts and opinions of others than my own. Also, my religion had a strict code which demanded adherence and total obedience. Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately) as an Intuitive I had a very powerful imagination which could keep me occupied for days on end. All of this combined together into a geeky, reclusive misfit who was the perfect target for anyone wishing to gain bully points with his peers. “Fitting in” wasn’t going to happen for me.
I’m sure that everyone experiences bullying to some degree or another in their lifetime. Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s) are more likely to become traumatized, or at least deeply disturbed from episodes of bullying. I, for one, am tired. I’m not just tired of the exploitation that comes from the actual bullying itself, but I am tired of the exploitation that comes afterward: the people who want you to join them and jump on their bandwagon; The sympathizers; the crusaders; the victims; the opportunists; the actual bullies themselves. I am fighting my way out of my own victim conditioning and I am damn sure not going to go and jump on someone else’s victim wagon. I surrender to the Principles of Truth, Love, Peace and Justice, not to some moral code of a vigilante or butthurt-prevention club.
I believe in Positive Energy, not manipulation or guilt in order to effect change. White Supremacists, Black Panthers and Crusaders all attempt to use force to promote their agenda. Positive Energy does not use force to achieve its purpose. Peace does not pursue and overcome its adherents. Peace is discovered, like a precious gem, then its principles are applied because they are desirable and invaluable. For Terrorism to end, the benefits of Love and Peace must be seen; people must become enlightened beyond a religious understanding for motivation to become internal. Kumbaya meetings won’t get it done. Humanitarian campaigns and educational programs will not succeed. Mimicry by the Ego is not change. A spiritual awakening is required. Courage to stand up and speak Truth, confront bullies and exploitation, expose hypocrisy and deception; this is what will bring enlightenment and defeat ignorance.
A number of YouTube videos now show former liberals stating that they are “walking away” from their political affiliation because it has gone too far in controlling and restricting the language and thought of others. Many African Americans are realizing that they have been victims of propaganda and personal agendas rather than part of a fight for true equality and liberation. Many are becoming enlightened and walking away from restrictive dogma and religious beliefs, tired of fighting the futile battles of the Ego. Ironically, at the heart of this awakening is a renewed respect and discovery of the Self. Not the Ego self, but the true, authentic Self. The more the Truth is spoken, lies confronted, Love and Peace modeled and Egos surrendered, the more Light will shine through Darkness. Haters will continue to hate, but the more their hatred is contrasted by Love and Truth the more it will diminish.
Freedom must recognize the rights of others to self expression and volition. However, Freedom also works in Harmony with Love, Peace and Wisdom. While one may enjoy tremendous liberty in the privacy of their home, boundaries must be recognized in a social environment. Love demands that every individual’s boundaries be respected. This does not necessarily extend to the point of personal sacrifice in order to accommodate someone else but it does mean that the worth of the individual is recognized and their freedom of will is respected. The Highly Sensitive has as much right to the pursuit of happiness as the Narcissist. The Narcissist will use force and intimidation to achieve their ends while the Sensitive one will have to employ courage and resolve to maintain their boundaries and self respect. In the end, it is the adherence to Positive Energy that will result in Peace and Harmony and allow everyone to enjoy a Life of personal fulfillment.
Those who would violate the Freedom and personal sovereignty of others must be confronted and resisted. Justice demands that the dignity and freedom of each individual be supported. Actions taken by extremists or people claiming to belong to a particular group should not be attributed to an entire culture or to other individuals within that group. The Ego must not be allowed to react in hatred or in the desire for retaliation or revenge. The Principles of Love, Justice and Peace extend to everyone but those who surrender themselves to violence and abuse must be met with Truth and Justice as well as consequences for their actions.