Although this is a ‘One Word’ carnival, we have a theme for the next few weeks and the theme is “Let Go Of…” So every week we will have a word for the week, but the theme will be letting go of that word.
My entry is below all of this intro stuff.
To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit peterpollock.com/category/faith/carnival
Fear Leads to Anger, Anger Leads to Hate, Hate Leads to Suffering
I remember those timeless words from Yoda any time we hear of terrorist attacks or any kind of atrocity like the bombings in Boston yesterday. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate… hate leads to suffering.
People immediately start asking why and wondering how someone could do something so appalling, how they can take lives en masse without seeming to care about the lives they hurt and destroy.
In every situation like that though, there was always a progression of emotions which brought the perpetrator to carry out their crime. Maybe it wasn’t precisely fear – anger – hate – suffering, but it’s always something similar.
And what does the suffering cause?
First we feel shocked, then we get angry and OUR anger will, if left unchecked, burn into hate and before we know it, we’ll be on the same path to causing suffering that our ‘enemies’ took.
Justice must prevail, I absolutely believe that, but we must not let our own anger cloud our judgement and perpetuate the cycle.
There will be a lot of angry people baying for blood on twitter and Facebook and everywhere you go over the next few days – look for it and you’ll see it. Anger will lead to hate and the cycle will continue.
It is fitting that the topic today is, “Let go of anger”, because that’s exactly what we need to do right now.
Don’t let go of compassion and justice - but we must not let our passion for those things turn us into people who are no better than those who so angered us with their cowardly acts.
Let go of anger, or eventually, your anger may too cause suffering.