Michael Patterson' Commentary on the Power of Love
To put it simply, when human beings in general, do not get what they desire,
they resort to violence, pure and simple. Whether as individuals, or as a
collective group consciousness. There is always a reason behind what causes
violence to occur. It could be related to poverty, jealousy, anger, rage, the
---When they perceive there is no other route. Like the Br'er Rabbit
story, the cycle runs comparison, resentment at perceived
inequality, resistance, revenge.
To me, it is clear that Education is the key to an educated and more
enlightened humanity. Although education does not guarantee non-violence, it
does foster it, and we may take refuge in the fact that a great majority of
people are not violent, whether due to their education, or their culture; it
remains heartening to know that violence is odious to the masses of people all
over the world. This knowledge is my refuge and hope. I believe very strongly
in the beauty of the human spirit and its eventual triumph over ignorance,
non-consciousness, violence and war.
-----All motivation is emotional. Education is important, but when
you "sell" your ideas, you will have to appeal to the heart, more
than the head.
inflict emotional pain and suffering. Even amongst ourselves as members of
WAVE, it is urgent that we look within our own selves, our hearts and souls,
deeply, even deeper than deeply, and search out whatever may be causing us to
act negatively to others, or to ourselves.
This is the crux of the matter. And the subject is Love, universal love, love
within our own selves and the way we open our hearts to others. It must begin
with ourselves. There are pathways to love within our own being. Whether we
choose it through spiritual or mental development is immaterial. What is
important is that we must first discover peace within our own hearts, and live
by that inner peace. From there, all of our outward expression takes the form
of loving acts. Giving, helping, assisting, sharing, letting go of our own
-----Respect is the center of the circle of community. Then one
elicits and feeds interest.
As we enter the world community through a powerful new website, all WAVE
members will want to rise to a global consciousness and to become acutely aware
of the humanity and the human condition in so many of its manifestations. As
it is said, "think globally, act locally". I submit, we must also "Think
locally, and act globally".
I like what you have to say, Paul.
Now, how could you appeal to the heart more? If rational
persuasion worked, no-one would smoke. What "sound-bite" benefits
can we use to sell a healthy, violence-free, community?
People busily pursuing their goals are too busy for violence.
How could we create that? and, indeed, have FUN creating that?
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