Slowly, I feel. Like recovering from a flu, an internal sickness, I am beginning to feel alive again.
I feel hungry. I feel my skin wanting to move. Slowly. I remind myself. You have been infected with a virus of hatred, move slowly, purposefully.
I think of my skin. How or why it can be considered dangerous and offensive. As I emerge from the past few days of sickness, my skin is detoxifying. The medicine I need is intent and purpose.
While I was personally sick, I was aware of the climate of frenzied irrationality. Hate can do that. It feeds on fear and control. Staying calm in a storm requires skill. Just knowing where to start is overwhelming. Do I advocate for women’s rights? Visit the National Parks afraid they will be lost to development? Maybe set up a camp at Standing Rock to support the water protectors? Immigration, and the building of a wall, complete rejection of Muslim’s entering our country. Ok, since the wall will be paid by Mexico, how bad can that be? Maybe Mexico will also pay for the tripling of ICE agents. What about healthcare?
Nausea returns. Overload. Slow . . .
Facts, what are the facts? In this frenzied irrational climate how do I find the facts.
As I begin research, I get distracted.
KKK Parade planned to celebrate Trump’s election. Must be a panic story. Facts.
CNN, Fox, MSN, NYPost, ABC, LA Times, all have reported the announcement of the parade.
Due diligence convinces me to type in ‘snopes’. Confirmed, with a link to the KKK site.
Racial greetings from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan!
It is a simple fact that whenever these races try to integrate themselves into White society, that society is damaged immensely … perhaps even destroyed altogether. Everything that we do as Klan members is in furtherance of our ultimate goal. We are not evil; hateful people as our enemies would have you believe. We are common white people from all walks of life who have recognized the problems that our race is facing. We have chose to stand and fight for those things that we hold dear to our people. Won’t you stand with us, while there is still time! It is the duty of all white Christian men and women to fight against the Communist who have stolen our Nation. http://www.kkkknights.com/
My skin, heart, bones, all shut down. Slowly I breathe. Slowly, I feel, fully, the sickness of hate. I’m building a strong resistance. Purpose, intent, act. Solutions. There must be solutions. I’ve encountered the isms of discrimination, I’ve experienced a few, and continue to do all I can to not be a perpetrator of hurtful discrimination.
Solution. First, gather the facts.
When dealing with conflict, an important first step is: Recognize and acknowledge that everyone’s basic nature is compassion and basic goodness, no matter what they are doing or saying on the surface. https://www.shambhalamountain.org/mindful-living/ten-tips-non-violent-communication/
First problem, the KKK believes that integration damages society, immensely, perhaps even destroying society altogether.
Slowly, intent and purpose. Essential, critical, intent, purpose.
I could quote most religions on the importance of love. The power of love to save, heal, unite, thrive, love as the answer, the salvation.
So, I allow myself to be distracted. Partly because I don’t want to face the ugly message of hate. Partly because I feel powerless.
Act, what actions can I, one person, one individual take.
Be aware. Be prepared.
Don’t act as though it isn’t happening. Oh, how difficult that lesson has been in my own life.
Be aware of the hatred. Be prepared to act. Be prepared to: Recognize and acknowledge that everyone’s basic nature is compassion and basic goodness, no matter what they are doing or saying on the surface.
I wish for a easy fix, a vaccine to cure hate. Instead, I am aware of my responsibility, my actions, to recognize the dignity of all, even those who, on the surface, choose hate.
Victoria, reading your latest Wild Words brought this to mind. It is a quote from the Talmud, a portion of which is collected into a volume called Ethics of The Fathers. A Rabbi Tarfon wrote: “The Torah demands three things: Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly: You are not required to complete the work; neither are you free to abandon it.” Written nearly 2,000 years ago, it remains current.
And, no, I didn’t know all this off the top of my head but searched using a portion of the phrase I remembered.