It is not difficult to become offended by what we hear – or imagine – are insults directed at our person, particularly because as humans our diversity means that different things piss off different people. Words and gestures in one culture may mean something positive, encouraging. In other customs the same words could be curses. It pays in delicate situations to know which words not to use – to hold your tongue when you are unsure of how your words will be interpreted – as much as it is helpful to speak openly when you know that certain words must be heard.
There are those who find swearing insulting to their ears. There are those that find piety to be a violation. Others cannot abide defiant women, advocating a woman’s submission because it demonstrates ‘respect’. It is interesting that some people find insulting the idea of outspoken women, as if a woman’s word cannot be taken as seriously as a man’s in a man’s world. Rudeness, on the other hand, is insulting to everyone, on every level. Usually, rudeness is not necessary – it is a choice, a kind of thoughtlessness. Like it is a choice not to respond to it.
The way it usually goes is that this one insults that one, and that one retaliates. Anger is generated. Then this one spits more insults and that one impacts them. Anger intensifies. That one then vents again with a poisonous diatribe in an attempt to annihilate this one. Tempers flare, faces rage. And then with a concerted effort one side – either this one or that one – decides not to respond to the provocation. In a moment, the conflict is over. No matter your own anger, your fury, your hatred – you cannot force a disciplined mind to fight.
Being floored can be a stressful event for certain types of people. For others, it is an essential experience – hence it is regarded as one of Life’s greater pleasures. It is preferable to be of the latter type, unless you have no choice, in which case you simply deal as best you can with the hand you have dealt yourself. Stress is a serious disease. As is bitterness, hatred. It is a shame for those who are floored with a heart filled with hatred because their longevity depends on their ability to get grounded in Love. Love does not invite hatred into its sacrosanct space. Ever. In fact it chases hatred right out. That is its way.
There is a technique to a perfect flooring. It takes practice. Landing takes practice, too. In some instances the floor will be there for you when you fall – in others, it won’t. Be sure you do not need a floor if you haven’t got one, otherwise you might find yourself landing badly. It is possible on the odd occasion to floor yourself. This is the best position in which to find yourself because a personal flooring is quite possibly the best learning curve, ever. Tripping yourself up, on the other hand, is not advisable.
When you floor something – or someone – properly, the reason behind said flooring becomes immediately apparent. You do not question the reasons. You accept your grounding with good grace and you take gratefully the lessons that are learned when your head hits the deck. When your body hits the deck you best hope that you did not have far to fall, else it will hurt. It is like that with unplanned landings. Once landed, floored, grounded, it is advisable to get straight back up. You know what they say about getting back on track – the sooner you pick your lip up off the floor and stiffen your resolve the more likely you are to begin getting where you think you are going.
This world did not get to where it is by swapping recipes or dancing hand-in-hand around the maypole. There are forces at war in every day, every country, every man. The sooner people realise that Shiva is alive and well, the better. What does war mean in 2013? It does not mean the same as war in 1939. No. It does not mean the same as Hiroshima. Nagasaki. War in 2013 means suggesting to aggressors that theirs’ is not a wise tack to take. Is it not an act of humanity, striking against what is wrong? There is not one American, or one British person, or in fact any educated person on this planet that would accept their entire town or city being murdered in their sleep by the government. Not one. Why should the Syrians stand for it? Who are they supposed to ask for help, if not the West? That puts the West in an awkward position. Do you pretend that what happened – is happening – in the Middle East is acceptable? Or do you condemn the massacre of innocent civilians with force? It depends on what language the murderers understand. If President Obama strikes against Syria, remember that he is not trying to take over the world. He is not doing a Hitler. He is authorising his military to protect the people of Syria. That this action would have widespread ramifications is clearly understood. I think everybody understands that it is not just Syria and America in the picture here. There will be retaliation and others will be drawn into the fray. Does that count as collateral damage? I wonder.
Let us not pretend there has ever been peace on this planet. There never has. What can we do about that? We can work towards it – the same way generations before us have been working towards it. It would seem that there is a permanent hitch with Israel and Palestine. They love this war-business. They should accept that their protracted battle over a piece of the EARTH is the work of fanaticism. It is holy land? Well then stop warring on it, over it. Respect its holiness. Give the Palestinians a place to become who they are, please Israel. Show your bigger heart. It means a dent to your pride, perhaps, but that is not the worst thing in the world. The amount of hatred directed at the Jews – for whatever reason anti-semites hate Jews these days – builds for them their fate. Do you not realise that hate rolls around, and around, and around? Someone, somewhere has to give ground. I don’t see where the Palestinians can go if Israel takes the land from under their feet. Must they now wander in the desert for 40 years? China, also, should stop stealing borders. They do not own the planet, they should be a lot more respectful towards it.
You cannot say that bombing Syria is like killing Syrians to stop Syrians killing Syrians. That is not what happened – is happening. That is overly simplistic and it is rubbish, besides. Is bombing Syria perhaps a necessary protest, a stepping-stone in the bigger picture? Think about it. When do you stand up and say no? When enough, is enough. Where is humanity if the Syrian government can kill its people with impunity whilst the rest of the world stands by and watches? I wonder.
There is a residual racism alive and well in the world. This is not productive. Racism is a dead-end road to nowhere. When you are tempted to judge a person because they are not the same colour as you, know that you are prejudiced. Prejudice is not an attractive quality. You cannot know how it is to be a person of colour if you are not coloured. Theirs’ has been an uphill battle all along, it has to be said. They must be getting tired of defining themselves again and again, defending their right to exist in a world fearful of their difference. Considering people of colour are by far the majority in this world, those that are not of colour should understand their place in the scheme of things. They have an opinion – that is all. We all have an opinion that we are free to exercise. It is important to understand that we should not use our opinions to condemn the lives of other people. How dare you wish harm to another human being? That is not your place. It is not your job to effect doom on another’s days. If you have ideas of hurting other people, tidy up your head.
It is necessary to judge a person’s nature before you decide to interact with them. You cannot do that in one minute. How a person treats you over time tells you a lot about their character, a lot about yours. If you are open to your world, you will know with whom you are best connected. You will know, too, who you do not want near you. You will feel it. Children are particularly adept at sensing good, bad. Trust their judgement. Children will start profiling themselves racially at 5 years of age. It is important, therefore, that before the age of 5 a child is exposed to other children of every colour. When a child understands that it is one of a number of others – and through that understanding learns that ‘otherness’ is okay – then we have a situation where tolerance is being fostered. You simply have to tolerate other people – we all share this space. Practicing tolerance is good practice.
Racism makes this world weary. It’s an energy-thief. Its basis is fear, its power, hatred. It is time to nullify the hatred. Men need to be men now. They need to take control of their dark sides, which means harnessing their primal drives. This darker energy needs containing – there are too many men visiting their darker sides upon the planet and turning our reality into a freak show. A dark side is dark, it is not meant for the light. It takes a strong man to turn and face the shadows. Turning is always a slow process, but it is possible to do a full 360° if you exercise enough patience. 360° is where you want to be. We need to turn and face the tsunami of hatred that is building, daily, for individuals, groups, a system that is failing its people. By and large, the world of politics is a mess and it is failing at its own job. Money is a bigger mess than politics. Politics is about puppets in the today-world. Puppets are bought and sold every day. How effective any prime minister, any president, at exacting real change from the masses? I suppose it depends how they ask for that change to come about. Since most of them are lying about the truth in one way or another we find it increasingly difficult to find the energy to listen to any of their stories. In this day and age it is ridiculous that every country is not run on a democratic basis. And I have to ask – what are the Republicans doing for this planet, apart from marginalising people? They need to open their minds and get with the programme called Progress.