Fear, Anger, Hate, and Violence: Part I

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.12.2018

 

Yoda had this to say to Anikan Skywalker; “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the darkside…much fear in you I sense.”

There is a great deal of fear in America, and there is very little reason for any of it.

Fear is a normal and natural emotion. We are instinctively wary of other apex predators; lions and tigers and bears, other people. If we have experienced trauma; physical, emotional abuse, then we may have even deeper reservoirs of fear.

That too would be normal.

Fear may also be exacerbated unnaturally, pushed beyond norms by manipulative people and agencies who seek to divide us from one another.

In America, white, evangelical protestant Christians, the largest group of Christians in the country, a country that is overwhelmingly Christian, they have been convinced that their way of life is under attack.

They are afraid.

In America, tens of millions of private citizens own hundreds of millions of guns. They have been convinced that their right to gun ownership is under threat.

They are afraid.

In America, people of European descent, the pink and white-skinned-ones, the majority of all people living here, they are afraid of everyone who does not look like them, they are afraid because they cannot see themselves in those “others.” They are afraid of the difference, just because it is different.

The pink and white-skinned Americans are angry, angry that their majority is quietly shrinking. They feel that their way of life is threatened. They shoot and kill people who are different from them. They call the police to intervene on their behalf, against those darker-skinned Americans and immigrants, and the police shoot and kill, and incarcerate them, because they are afraid.

America is the most powerful country in the world, the most powerful country the world has ever known. We are a colossus, a juggernaut of wealth and power.

The wealthy are afraid of losing even a little bit of their privilege, and they squeeze they labor force for every dime they are able too, deny benefits to their workers; lie, cheat, and steal from at every opportunity.

The wealthy and the powerful, not only will they deny the work of our best and brightest scientists who issue warnings that might affect their bottom line, now they refuse to let the work of scientists continue, because they do not even want to have to bother with a denial.

The force that seek to divide Americans from one another are great, they spin stories that are not rooted in reality.

We are duty bound to confront them, to bear witness, to speak, but not with anger, or hatred or violence. We cannot afford to return that coin, measure for measure.

I watched a story today about a group of people who had they police called on them by a fearful neighbor. She called the police because they were exiting a home that was not their own, but which they had rented through Air B n’ B. She called the police because they were different from her, she told the police they were burglars, and the police aggressively intervened.

The group of innocent people said that they were lucky they were not killed, and the sad truth is that they were right.

Emergence 3.0 – Section Three, Earth; Part Eighteen, Disaster; Chapter Six, The Cloud

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 132, Saturday
May 12th, 2018

Chapter Six: The Cloud

Ash shot in to the stratosphere and fell back to the ground, burying North America in poisonous dust.

Clouds of fine particles, and streams of deadly gases covered the entire world, blocking all light from the sun.

Within days nearly every living creature on the face of the earth was dead.

Those that survived were the most determined.

There were many who had prepared for some kind of doomsday. They were survivalists, they had prepared for nuclear war, an alien invasion, a zombie apocalypse, but not this.

A majority of those survivalists either died in the preliminary blast, and the subsequent correlated upheavals, or the chaos that ensued. Many died trying to reach their secret bunkers while roads became impassable, and they were buried in the fallout.

Nevertheless, there were many who did make it. Many who had sequestered themselves in hidden enclaves, in secret compounds. Some of them worked together.

For them, their stores of food needed to last years beyond decades. It would take that long for the sun to reappear.

Human beings quickly became their own worst enemy.

Outsiders became foodstuff.

Cannibalism set in, as it always did.

It was, once again, the end of civilization.

The human race had faced this before, it was difficult, nearly impossible, but they had an Observer helping them in the past, they had Jim.

They made it through.

This time there would be no rescue, no wisdom from beyond, no help of any kind.

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