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Loving your adversaries
Loving your adversaries
The following is from Rob Brezsny's weekly astrology email:
According to Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Gorges, Judas was actually a more exalted hero than Jesus. He unselfishly volunteered to perform the all-important villain's role in the resurrection saga, knowing he'd be reviled
forever. It was a dirty job that only a supremely egoless saint could have done. Jesus suffered, true, but enjoyed glory and adoration as a result.
Let's apply this way of thinking to the task of understanding the role that seemingly bad people play in pronoia.
Interesting narratives play an essential role in the universal conspiracy to give us exactly what we need. All of us crave drama. We love to be
beguiled by twists of fate that unfold the stories of our lives in unpredictable ways. Just as Judas played a key role in advancing the tale
of Christ's quest, villains and con men and clowns may be crucial to the entertainment value of our personal journeys.
Try this: Imagine the people you fear and dislike as pivotal characters in a fascinating and ultimately redemptive plot that will take years or even lifetimes for the Divine Wow to elaborate.
There is another reason to love our enemies: They force us to become smarter. The riddles they thrust in front of us sharpen our wits and sculpt our souls.
Try this: Act as if your adversaries are great teachers. Thank them for how crucial they've been in your education.
Consider one more possibility: that the people who seem to slow us down and hold us back are actually preventing things from happening too fast.
Imagine that the evolution of your life or our culture is like a pregnancy: It needs to reach its full term. Just as a child isn't ready to be born after five months of gestation, the new world we're creating has to ripen in its
own time. The recalcitrant reactionaries who resist the inevitable birth are simply making sure that the far-seeing revolutionaries don't conjure the future too suddenly. They serve the greater good.
Brezsny advocates "pronoia" which is a positive outlook on life. These are useful thoughts as I have to meet with my boss today....
7/19/2006 9:30 am
More food for thought..you are good for my mind|
Bye everyone, it was a blast
7/19/2006 12:19 pm
i once wrote a poem for my enemy. i'll see if i can find it...|
and he was a great person to have in my life. despite i never knew when he'd walk past and slam my head into my locker, or shove me into a brick wall, or what-not... it sure heightened my senses and awareness as to what was around me, even in a crowded hall, even with my back to the crowd. well.... ok. maybe not "Great" but there was some benefit.
they also say.. you know the calibre person you are by the enemies you have. (so, does that mean i'm a nobody???? i don't think i have any enemies anymore. lol) though also... if your enemies can still say good things about you... THAT says a lot.
sheesh... have to find the poem later. got caught up in other issues and have no time to look. have a great night
7/19/2006 2:21 pm
Jesus was nothing more than a attention whore..He died BEAUSE of the sins of man not FOR them....|
...Love your enemies it well drive them crazy...Ready
7/19/2006 6:35 pm
And when thinking in this frame of mind ...the world seems a perfect place ingeniously designed ..so all that's left to do is kick back, be your self and enjoy a nice strong drink... |
Simple living at it's finest ..though it may take a lot of thought to reach it.
7/20/2006 8:37 am
the thing about radical extremists (not "fundamentalists" though i guess it doesn't really matter since everyone knows you're talking the same ppl) is that they are so close-minded... you can quote scripture and slap them with holy books and traditions and sayings of Prophets and examples and all that till you're blue in the face and your head feels like you've pounded it into a brick wall for days... it won't phase them one iota (hm... what IS an iota, anyway?)|
7/20/2006 8:53 am
and i got the poem... it's a bit corny maybe. i wrote it in High School. (i'm a published poet too... national anthology. 2 of them. naturally the corniest poem i ever wrote and really dislike made it in. screwey world.)|
I wish to say thank you,
and in a way I love you like a friend.
For though you are my enemy,
You've been here unconditionally.
And if I say I hate you,
and you the same to me,
that is one thing that doesn't seem to change.
But we still talk to eachother
if in a fight we get.
So I wish to say thank you,
and speaking of enemies from being in law enforcement... i totally understand. my former roommate worked in domestic violence, and helped put many men in prison. And talk about freaky... one night she gave me the "this will incapacitate, this will kill" self-defense lesson. She keeps her doors locked 24/7, totally unlisted anywhere. There are many men that, should they ever get out, have threatened to hunt her down. She was also big into the human rights movement and had her house bombed by white supremicists... this was long before i lived there though. that actually may have had to do with the domestic violence issue too... apparently they cross over a lot.
i think most ppl that have hated me in the past... they've been relatively beyond my radar. like... "what's that buzzing? she hates me?? why? i don't even know her" types. I currently have a friend with a g/f who has supposedly made threats against me. I told my friend to tell her if she really wants to hunt me down, go ahead. If she does go through all the trouble to cross the states and show up on my doorstep, i'll have the police take care of it. no biggie. i even offered to meet her face to face last time i was in DC. to be considered an "enemy" does it have to be a mutual thing??? i think i'm too pacifistic at the moment.