“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda
There is a lot of fear going around right now. It’s epidemic and people don’t even know they’re suffering from it. In some ways it feels like we’re moments away from an outright rebellion where they drag the heretics out into the street and demand they repent or feel the wrath of the sword.
Who the heretic are, and the nature of the religion being pushed, is subject to change. It seems to shift every 6 months or so, but the goal always seems to be the same. To redirect energies and channel fear, to funnel hate at a group that is perceived as messing up things for everybody else. It can be fun, or at least academic, when you’re on the outside and can choose which side to judge, the haters or the hated. It’s an interesting mental exercise when you get to walk around treating it as a philosophical argument. But when public attention shifts, and your group is being thrown under the bus of public derision, you suddenly realize how non-academic it is.
Today it’s people screaming for the heads of anti-vaccers. Throw them out. Make them do it. Why should we suffer for their freedom?
Yesterday it was Homosexuals seeking marriage. Throw them out. Don’t let them do it. Why should we suffer for their freedom?
Before that it was illegal immigrants. Throw them out. Don’t let them back in. Why should we suffer for their freedom?
As a loving individual where do you step in? What do you do as a kind and caring individual to defend the right of others to exist and expect equal treatment? When can you take the time to realize that the argument being put against these individuals is driven by fear. When do you accept that your love needs to step in for all instances and say “Enough is enough, stop the hate!”
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
We need to stop our descent down the path to the dark side. You’re being eaten up by a disease far more insidious than measles, it’s hate. There is no vaccine for hate. There is only one known cure, love.
Give someone a hug today and tell them, “I don’t care what you believe, you’re special and loved.”