reply to post by silo13
"I say they are hopeful for love, but not quite yet faithful."
Perhaps it is better said that they see love, but around it envelops a thick haze. Also, they are perhaps chasing after love like one chases
metaphorical rabbits. One only gets to pet the rabbit when one sits in the center, not merely trying to strike an angle with an angle (perpetual
warfare of angels and demons?) They are hopeful, because I believe the nature of love is our very essence; it is what animates us. Hate animates us
through a sort of theft of love's birthright (I know I am personifying). Love is connection through symbiosis. Hate is connection through mutually
agreed upon division. They are both connections; hence our confusions as humans trying to relate to each other.
Now that I have shown many flavors, I will lay it out bluntly. Love must be fallen into, not pounced upon. Yes evil psychological/spiritual/mental
systems exist. They manifest in individuals from time to time. But they are separate from the individual. The mere perspective of placing the
sinister spiritualities onto the physical form of another human being (remember, we are in flux, not constant) has the very real, very nasty tendency
of strengthening those evil thoughts within the very person placing these perspectives upon other people, as well as the other people themselves.
Since a person who defines himself or herself as being good tends to get cognitive dissonance from facing the evil constructs that have been built
within, this person tends to bury these things into seeming oblivion. However, when perceiving evil in the world (and yes, it does exist merely by
"virtue" of its influence) those constructs of evil we carry within tend to surface emotionally in the form of stark fear. There is no greater fear
than looking at an aspect of yourself in the mirror seemingly for the very first time.
All that being said, the hope cannot turn into faith unless there has been a tipping point, a critical mass of the self-willed perceptions of lacking
judgment of others' true natures, forgiving self and other (because we understand another through the context of our very own selves, we are quite
truly forgiving ourselves when we forgive another), and ceasing the cascade of projections of self onto other. We then start to see the infinite
connection of things, the other as well as the self, and love becomes obvious. Faith in love follows. Faith is the singularity of a dissolved
hope/fear stick. Hope can flip to fear and back. Faith is steadfast.
"If beautiful harmony is viewed as unattainable, and we must still be, we must celebrate something; it might as well be discord, as it is reflective
of the hate, division, domination, manipulation, harrowing, judgmental, hypocritical, etc. that has so much power in our order. We must always have
faith in something, even if it is faith in the nothing, nihilism. A mind without faith is a mind that cannot create; it is rather not a mind at all."
So these are the ones who spout such disdain for those who still feel the *evil* - because they can‘t - a result of not feeling love, or are unable
to believe it will conquer all evil?
Yes, I think that is a very good way of putting it. I also think it is an excuse for those who wish for infinite freedom of the self that disregards
the other in a world full of others. I also think that some do not feel the evil, because they have felt it quite often before, and feel no need to
do so this time, having moved beyond. But if they disavow evil influence, in general, in this world, then they are sorely mistaken.
Also, as painful as it is to our ego, we can be quite reactionary. In the absolute lowest levels of our brain, we see things as on/off, yes/no,
good/evil, etc., in the form of opposites. But what is the one thing that transcends these opposites? Could it be love. Does love make it clear
that the battle of good and evil perpetuates both good and evil. Traditional battle of good vs evil has been viewed as, say, two equal armies with
infinite supplies and infinite soldiers fighting each other. Does it ever end? Love is like creating the transcendental framework that unifies
people, and dissolves evil. While there is certainly good and evil in this world, each side can have the tendency to view the other as evil. We are
all some other person in some other person's eyes, so with this mindset, evil flourishes to become the ostensibly "natural" order. We all mirror
others' expectations to some extent, so if so many are ASSuming so many others are evil, then that shall they be. The seeds of destruction have been
planted. The joke is, when the destruction reaches a certain threshold, then the judgments and projections of others and self get destroyed with it.
We can no longer hold onto false images of reality and the fears they create, and we are forced to acknowledge love. I really think it is a failsafe
program. But that certainly does not mean we should not be active examples of what it radiates. Love in people in the world rises up to see love in
general become the obvious nature. It means that people's rock bottoms do not have to be as low as otherwise.
Going to bed now. Peace and love over the war of domination and manipulation.
[edit on 4-9-2009 by orwellianunenlightenment]