Text and Image © 2013 Paulissa Kipp
Don’t Take That Yoke!
A heart full of love compensates for a heart and mind that is filled with hate. The hope for a peaceful future exists in the way in which we love others. Evil will always exist, as will hate. Hate arises from envy – envy of liberty, freedom, opportunity to move with a minimum of restriction and envy of a way of life. Hate also rises up from places of deep pain and misplaced blame, for is it easier to blame others and circumstances than it is to take responsibility for changing the paradigm. Yet that is the challenge. Hate is only combated through love.
There are some – including our “intelligence” agencies and President – who feel that it is important to understand why this act of violence was perpetrated. I do not agree. Allow me to explain. I believe that our burden and responsibility at all times is to love. The act of transferring my energies to wondering why others would wish harm upon me personally, my community or my country shifts my focus from the good I can do by fostering humanity. I don’t need to know why someone would wish harm. That is not important.
Further, there are those who wish to engage in the one-upmanship of pain and death. Those persons or entities use the red herring of “What about the ____X______ number of people who died in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or any other country in which there is unrest and in which America either volunteers or is begged to be the world’s police force. Please do not misunderstand me: I believe that all life is precious, that all humanity needs to be affirmed. Therefore, I couldn’t care less about this one-upmanship of pain. To me, it is all tragic but I choose to focus my energies upon the corner of the world in which I am most equipped to make a difference. That is my own back yard. I do not need to wear a yoke of guilt and responsibility for the hatred of others. I do not need to be personally responsible for why someone chooses to carry out harm against others. Neither do you. There are more important things. Love is more important.