The world which we see on broadcast media and in newsprint is a world based on fear. From this fear the news stories evolve depicting terrorism, murder, abuse, desolation, and human depravity. We read, we process, and usually we respond shaking a fist at and cursing the perpetrators. Anger is our most readily available response and we allow it to overwhelm us, to defeat us, to negate our innate spiritual bearing.
Our anger only encourages the darkness. Our anger allows that darkness to trespass upon our natural, God-ordained state of serenity and peace. It colors every thought we harbor until we get on bended knee and return to the inner peace which is our true and natural state of being.
We believe that love is compassion in action. We believe that the opposite of love is fear and indifference. We believe that, although the arising emotion appears to be anger, when we question ourselves about what is driving that emotion the response could be:
“I am sad, very sad, and frightened. Sad over what this world is and frightened about where this world is going, what it holds for the children and grandchildren.”
When we take ourselves from the fist-shaking, cussing realm of anger into the deeply honest and soul-searching realm of concern for others and the world they are inheriting, we transcend the ego of self to the eternity of love and compassion. When we turn it over to God and ask blessing on those who make us angry, we are putting the world into the hands of the only Power who can transform and enlighten. As people in recovery state so perfectly:
“Let go and let God.”
No, we should never give up or not be concerned about the world’s hatred and bigotry. We should always uphold the worthiness of all people and endorse their right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. But, when we do it prayerfully in obedience to a Higher Power we are connecting to the powerful stream of light which no darkness can conquer.