In light of the Baltimore Riots and Conflict I’d like to share a quote by Rollo May:
“When inward life dries up, when feeling decreases and apathy increases, when one cannot affect or even genuinely touch another person, violence flares up as a daimonic necessity for contact, a mad drive forcing touch in the most direct way possible.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term daimonic, as a literary term, it means the dynamic unrest that exists in us all that forces us into the unknown, leading to self-destruction and/or self-discovery. I also invite you to read more about apathy here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apathy
We live in an apathetic society, prisoners of our own devices. We humans created this cage we are living in, and it is high time that we realize we are the only ones who have the power to free ourselves. It’s time to forget about Race, Religion, Sex, Political Standing, Education, Etc, and get to the humanity of it all. We ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
Therefor LOVE is the ONLY ANSWER.
We point fingers at the people in Baltimore, who’s apathy has erupted in a most extreme way, but consider taking a look at how apathy has erupted into violence in your own life. This could be small violence such as violence (not physical) to yourself, alcohol, the use of drugs, addictions in many forms, not taking care of your health, or generally being self destructive, making poor choices, and ignoring the ability to look inward and grow. Or maybe violence towards others, such as verbally abusing your spouse, judging others journeys and lives, neglecting others needs, not showing empathy, having an affair, lying, etc. Or even violence towards the planet, littering, not taking personal responsibility for our waste, consumption, and impact on the planet, living unsustainable lifestyles or lack of respect for all living things.
Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about. What is it that you care most about, outside of yourself and your small little corner of the world?
Consider empathy for the people in Baltimore, just for one moment. Consider finding a way to love them. Not because they are right in their actions, but because you are not immune. Ask yourself how any great changes have been made in history, and the answer is through rebellion. The problem is, this rebellion is misguided, due to lack of education and social awareness. The apathy has erupted into misdirected violence and a boiling over of frustration with a system they feel powerless to change peacefully. But who is going to teach communities such as this how to impact change? Not many, because generally not many care. They believe they are unaffected. They themselves are apathetic.
Do you see how this poses a problem? We all feel free to sit back and bitch about whats going on somewhere else, but we are not willing to be a part of the solution, a part of the education, a part of the love.
I’ll leave you with this thought: Have the courage to love in the face of adversity for courage is not the absence of fear; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of fear.