Wisdom Trumps Fear

Those who have no compassion have no wisdom.
Knowledge, yes; cleverness, maybe; wisdom, no.
A clever mind is not a heart.
Knowledge doesn’t really care.
Wisdom does.

~The Tao of Pooh

The rapture, as far as I can tell, did not happen. For those who haven’t heard, it was supposed to happen on Saturday with the end of the world following in October. There is now a large group of people who have quit their jobs, not paid their mortgages, spent their life savings – all in preparation.

In other news, the Westboro Baptist Church protesters are in my neck of the woods. Lucky us. Looks like Savannah’s tourism draw worked too well this time.

In truth, there has (with easy pickings) been a great deal of fun and resentment poked at both of these groups – myself included. I don’t like it when I get like that. When I am honest with myself, there is always fear hiding out in negativity.

Mostly, I am fearful that people who have found their spiritual center, are looking for their way or are just coexisting with folks who believe differently will use the hate spewed by the latter or the failure of the former to stitch together a blanket that covers up everything. I often have to remind myself that wayward or deplorable actions that come from a sect of people under a banner of goodness, are typically a perversion of the banner created by the few – not a true representation of the banner.

I am fearful that these activities just become “one more thing.” A 24 hour news cycle is a hard thing to shield ourselves against. “If it bleeds, it leads” was tough enough when news was confined to its time slot. Now that it is in your face, discussed, dissected, commentated, speculated, hashed and rehashed – it is easy to let the negativity get in and hurt. It becomes easier to say, “It figures. Stupid people, stupid system, stupid ideas. The whole outfit is going to the dogs!” It takes effort to reason through it, one more time. It takes strength to endure and believe, one more time. It takes mental clarity to recognize that this “one more thing” will fail to create jadedness, one more time.

Today, I encourage you to love the deep thought. Refuse to take things on the surface and delve into the deeper recesses of what actually lies there. There is a lot to be said for gut reactions – I believe in them completely. The trick is the correct interpretation of that reaction. Negativity is always rooted in something else. Follow it far enough down, there will be fear. It is my belief that wisdom trumps fear. Fear just has the advantage of being scary. My inner Warrior ain’t scared. It is wise enough to move through this one more thing.

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