If your belief makes someone else feel bad, is it right to have that belief?
Or if you flaunt your belief to make someone else feel bad and conform, is that right?
If your belief is yours and through general conversation you find out that you share that belief with other people so that there are more people with that belief, is that okay?
If you take all those people who believe the same as you and collectively make other people feel bad and conform is that okay?
If someone breaks a glass, or drops an open bottle of milk, or pulls the handle off a cupboard, would you smash them in the face?
Can we agree that even if they did it on purpose that violence isn’t a fitting punishment for these crimes?
There are people in the world who agree with this except when it comes to themselves… They believe that they deserve to be violently punished for small infractions that would normally mean nothing. Thery appear to choose to stay with other people who do believe violence is a fitting punishment for anything that makes them angry.
We exclaim to the people who stay, ‘why do you stay, why?!’ but it never occurs to us to ask the punisher, ‘why do you react this way, why?!’ We always seem to justify their violence somehow. That’s just how it is or it’s human nature. All the while questioning the ones being punished as though they were the ones causing harm to another being.
This is not an original thought or a great epiphany, it is merely another person attempting to articulate their utter despair as aggressive action after aggressive action continues to roll on through our world on the back of aggressive words and images.
It is so embedded and engrained in our minds that it’s all so normal that anyone who asks why is, wait for it, verbally or physically abused in some form or another. Maybe even indirectly.
It’s amazing how that view can transpose itself into any form of life on our planet. The violent people choose their reason or have one already and exploit it. And exploit others around them by encouraging the violence. All the while ensuring that the ones who stay near them continue to believe they simply don’t deserve anything better. No matter how intense or obvious the violence is. No matter how subtle the coercion.
And they like it this way. It creates fear and confusion and conflict. Divide and rule. Oldest trick in the book?
Hold on to those feelings that keep you hating.
They’ll keep you strong and bitter, just like great coffee.
Don’t want to be happy with your life? Tell everyone that whatever happened to you wasn’t your fault or your responsibility. That way you can justify your daily misery with excuses about how life just happened to you.