How Not to Create Change.
Go online, watch the news, television, read the newspaper or popular magazines and you’ll see the “combative culture” we live in now. Everywhere you look you see hatred, lack of tolerance and demonizing of the “other side,” combined with nasty righteous indignation. “We’re right you’re wrong.”
This is the communal narrative today. Does anyone remember the adage hatred is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die?
Hating others and resenting their viewpoint is toxic, the antithesis of growth, progress and happiness. It won’t create change.
Ask yourself: does hating, resenting, demonizing and callously dismissing others contribute to anything worthwhile? Do you have any faith that it will create the change you want to see?
Is a combative culture additive, other than adding more bitterness and animosity?
Do you want to be as angry and worried as you were last year (today is #309, 56 days remain)?
I’m writing this as a reminder for me too and following is how I work on a daily basis not to foster hatred and harbor resentment.
- Explore why you believe what you believe. Did you choose that belief, is it tested? Or was it part of your upbringing and your conditioning? Is it time to update?
We don’t see things as they are; we see things, as we are—Anais Nin
- What ever you fight against, you give it as much power as you use to fight it. Don’t renounce anything. Understand it and watch it dissolve.
Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy said that enlightenment’s motto is, dare to understand.
- Refrain from judgment and observe.
- The unaware life is not worth living.
Be aware of: what you’re thinking, saying, doing. Be aware of your motives, where you are coming from.
- Continuously seek knowledge.
In his book The Beginning of Infinity, physicist and author, David Deutsch wrote that all failures and all evils are due to insufficient knowledge. Problems persist but we must keep improving and growing in the knowledge that helps us uncover and eliminate errors.
I am not saying we should become passive or complacent. We should stand up to injustice and intolerance but do so in a way to advance humanity rather than diminish it.
I have decided to stick to love; hate is too great a burden—Martin Luther King, Jr.
My hat is off to anyone who uses their ability to vote. These people use their courage, strength and knowledge as a way to advance their preference in the positive direction of change.