posted on Apr, 15 2015 @ 05:25 PM
I posted part of this in another thread, but think we need an actual discussion on this specifically, cause I think it's a very important thing
that's been lost in the 21st century.
We've lost our best tools to fighting social injustice the tools that Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. used so effectively. The power of
truly peaceful protesting and marches. See if you can truly protest and march peacefully, if you can bring to light the crimes against you without
hate, vitriol and crazy lawsuits, while those against you continue spewing hate and doing their crimes, you both give them no ammunition to use
against you, while at the same time causing them to hang themselves and make their bigotry and hatred as clear as day for all to see. You make the
hate and bigotry undeniable, and the wrongs unarguable.
When we make a big deal out of every petty grievance, when we throw mud as much as our enemies do, when we seek vengeance over justice, we come out
the other side looking just as bad as they are. It's this I argue against, I have to, not enough of us are, and we need to be seen, because if we're
not, then that dirty muddy side of us is all anyone knows. The crazy lawsuits, the vitriol, and our oversensitivity to even the smallest slight is all
anyone knows. If I don't make a stand against those on our side, who often without realizing they are, harm our side, even if trying to do right,
then it means no one is working to counter the damage that is done. It means no one sees those of us who care about what's just and right above and
beyond all else, that not all of us are petty, and that some of us see the bigger picture. That when our side does wrong, that when laws and rules
unjustly work in our favor, that some of us care, that it's not just us verses them, that we truly do care about what's right whether it's crimes
one way or the other. It's necessary we police our own, it's the only way we don't all come out hypocrites pretending our own # doesn't stink.
We need more people doing this arguing against social injustice that works in our favor. We need more emphasis on peace, we need to shout down on
those of us who act with hate and bitterness in their hearts. We need to fight for true justice, forgo vengeance, and speak against unjust laws.
There are also those who are government plants, those who are bigots that, like the wolf in sheep's clothing hide amongst us, making us look as bad
as they possibly can, for their own reasons. This is another reason these things must be shouted down. People will only hear which of our voices are
the loudest, and if we're not making it very clear the majority of us don't support unjust laws, aren't petty and aren't out for blood, then since
those who are, are already as loud as they can be, that's the impression we all give.
I've heard that, we have a right to our anger, and it's true, we do, but there's a difference between anger and rage. Rage is uncontrolled,
chaotic, wild, it lashes out, causing us to harm both others and ourselves. We need to be careful to never let anger turn to rage, every time we do,
we harm ourselves. Anger can be tempered, it can be controlled, one can use anger so long as they keep it in check, so long as they keep the big
picture in mind and use anger to motivate rather than allowing it to blind you.
I'm not perfect, I get angry, I give into rage, and when I do I harm myself and others, I do wrong. For the most part I maintain my composure, but
sometimes I too give in. I'm not expecting perfection, only for people to try, to not become the villain who had the best of intentions. For
example in the thread on Food Stamps, I allowed myself to get angry, in bitterness and anger I let someone get to me and I lashed out as I let my
anger give in to rage. I had my post removed by a moderator and I got a warning I rightfully deserved. I'm human I'm an emotional creature, but
that's not the point, the point is trying to be better.
It's only by being better, more pure than the one who wrongs you, that the majority is forced to recognize how bad your opposition really is. I'm
not Christian, but "Turn the other cheek" is a statement with real power.
In the short term it means allowing harm to come to you, it means not fighting back, it means running when necessary, or even just taking the beating.
If truly committed it might even mean dying without ever raising a finger to defend yourself. On the long term, however, it's a major blow to the
enemy, it's another undeniable nail in their coffin. It's easy to respond to hate with hate in kind, to violence with violence in kind, it's hard
to allow hate to wash over you, to accept violence without fighting the storm. Nothing that's right, nothing that truly works is ever easy.
We need to take back the peaceful protest, we need to fight unjust laws, and we need to focus on the true crimes against us. The pettiness has to
stop, the vitriol has to stop, the passive acceptance of unjust laws that work in our favor HAS... TO... STOP...!!!
Thank you all for taking the time to listen to me, I think this is really important, it's something that's been bothering me for a long time. The
way we've been fighting for social justice has been wrong for far too long, and it pains me greatly.