Must I Love A Racist?

Love is a strong word. I’m constantly being reminded that I need to love racists. I’m being reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” It seems that it always falls on the compassionate, the thoughtful and the progressive to carry the burden of reconciliation. IMG_0167
You know what? That’s hard and I’m tired. I’m tired because those little white men who claim they have been left behind, who claim they are forgotten think anyone who doesn’t look like them stole their opportunity. They blame their failed ambition on anyone but themselves. I’m tired because the political ideology that wields the sword of personal accountability for everyone else hasn’t found the courage to confront the disenfranchised white male; thereby affording them shelter. But hey, a vote is a vote.
So once again it falls on weary but kind hearted people who cling to the hope that it is still true that the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness applies to everyone. Everyone. It is not a principle assigned to white privilege. It never was and it is up to all of us to ensure it never will be. I know you are tired. I know you are angry but now is not the time to sink to the level of depravity that we face.
The fuller context of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words are:
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Now is the time to hold that legacy near.

He’s Baaaack!

hes-backHey Fam!

Wow… It’s been a while.  My actual original domain, Red Hog Diary.com has been sat on by some male enhancement squatter.  I suppose I should take that as a sign of flattery that the name recognition generated just a hint of commercial viability.  I hope they are doing better with it than I did.  I had fun sharing my world view with, at one point, up to 900 readers per day.  That was huge in my world but short of the critical mass required to actually generate ad revenue.  In the end trolls wore me out and I shut everything down.Excerpt.png

I found sharing my thoughts cathartic and The Red Hog Diary filled some big holes in my life at the time.  Suddenly, maybe in part as a result of this last election, I’m feeling those holes again.  I’m in a unique time and place where I will have a lot of time to write for a bit.  I’ll see if it catches and if it does, maybe we can hang out. I’m thinking the focus of my writing here might be something to do with finding a new way forward in this post political correct world we seem to have found for ourselves.

A book I am reading has really grabbed my attention lately.  Leaders Eat Last. From what I’ve gathered so far the idea is that we can only be our best when we feel safe in our immediate environments.  Our productivity and creativity shines when we feel secure in our own skin.  That sense of security affords us the ability to be at our best in all we do and gives us resilience in those situations where we face outside threats.  I wish the only outside threats any of us needed to worry about were severe weather or an alien invasion.  Such is not so.  Especially now.

And That is why I think I need to write again.  I’ll let you know when there is something to see here via Facebook.  Until then… This feels good.  Welcome home.

 

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