"Why do people hate? Hate is such a terrible waste of time. I don’t think people who hate should receive the attention they seem to garner in the media. Entire cable networks have been created to hate each other! Our political system seems to have devolved into one side hating the other. I like to ask, “Why do you hate?” It is so much easier to help. It’s the easiest thing in the world. Help can mean writing a check. It can also mean sharing a smile, or saying 'hello'." --Dick Van Dyke, Keep Moving
I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) Something I’ve been working on personally is becoming more in control of my emotions and, more importantly, trying not to immediately respond when something makes me angry. In order to do this, I’ve found it necessary to be conscious of the anger itself. Specifically, I’ve noticed that when we get angry we tend to move into a state of mind that is obsessively focused on the source of this anger. We dwell on how we were wrong…
Dreams are an essential corrective to the delusions of the day. They hold up a magic mirror to our everyday attitudes and behaviors. We see ourselves from a witness perspective. This can restore our inner compass and lead to vital course correction.
We are in deep trouble when those who hold power are closed to this source and even boast about sleeping little between orgies of TV and Tweet-storming. Indigenous wisdom teaches that those who have lost their dreams have lost part of their souls and that the hole in their being may be filled with alien and undesirable things. In this soul-gone condition, they can do untold harm to themselves and others.