Why hate is not the answer
We are all different. You and I are not the same. Even though we might have some similarities, we are still different. We are individuals. That means that each and every one of us is unique.
At the same time, we are all one. Every single one of us, at our core, is just a being of light and energy.
We live in a fear-based society. Recognizing this, we have to work extra hard to not be overwhelmed by fear. Yoda put it rather well when he said,
"Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
The neo-Nazis, the so-called “alt-right”, the white supremacists, the KKK, and all those groups are equal parts fear and hate. They fear to lose their identities, losing the power they believe they have, and they are afraid of change. This leads to anger, which gets redirected as hatred for minorities, Jews and Muslims, women…take your pick.
I am in no way defending the actions of these people, but I think we need to consider perspective. To understand what others believe helps the rest of us find tools to combat their hate and fear. We can be more capable when we stand up to them, and show them that their fear and hate do not empower them as they would believe.
Our society is suffering from deep fractures many do not recognize. In the US, our government is a complete mess; many cannot tell the difference between propaganda and legitimate news and information, and the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown almost exponentially. Extremists have come to power, and they see only in black-and-white, ignoring the majority at the center and working to force viewpoints to their way of thinking.
Mindfulness can combat hate
Mindfulness can help you with choosing your own destiny and your own fate in this life. Rather than let life live you, you can strive to take control over that which you can.
Practicing mindfulness means being aware of your own thoughts, feelings, and actions. Awareness makes you conscious in the here-and-now.
My thoughts are my own, my goals belong to only me, and I desire to live an extraordinary life of peace and joy. I want to empower myself.
Yet despite the individuality of my purpose, I also want to empower others. I share my Pathwalking philosophy because I believe that everyone can benefit from greater self-awareness. By becoming empowered, you can build amazing things.
Fear, anger, and hate are not empowering. One of the greatest mistakes these groups make is that they believe they empower themselves with their venom. The exact opposite is true, however. In disempowering the groups they are afraid of and hateful towards, they actually are disempowering themselves. That is why they are standing on the wrong side of history, and despite a resurgence of soft political support, they are truly a minority.