In gentleness there is great strength*

Gentleness is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as weakness, and people who prefer to work in a gentle way are then thought of as being weak: unable to protect, defend, or fight for themselves.

As a culture, we revere the ‘winners’ of a contest so completely, and see anything else as being proof of ‘losing’, that we lose sight of some very important facts.

It takes the greatest strength to choose to be gentle. Gentleness, even under duress, is spiritual self control.

Strength and love are the gifts of a gentle spirit. Only one who has the self awareness and knowledge to choose gentleness, has this strength. A weak spirit may not be able to protect or defend itself against stronger predators, but can still choose to bully those weaker than itself. This heinous behavior is the chosen tactic of bullies everywhere. Doing this may give the bully a temporary feeling of strength, which is not to be confused with the real thing.

We’ve been operating from a false sense of power, and what power actually is. Combine this with the lucrative business of war, and those in that business only need to exploit our fears and true weaknesses in order to get enough of us to sign on to the never ending crusades we find ourselves enmeshed in. The more we buy into the lie, the bigger the war machine’s profits, and the worse off our own economies and lives.

This is an important distinction to consider in the early part of the 21st century on Earth. Many human beings still irrationally believe that brute force is stronger than the abilities to forgive, love, and choose gentleness. Choosing kindness is not surrendering one’s victory through weakness.

It should be clear by now to anyone who is conscious and paying attention, that we are playing a fool’s game. There is no way to win, if we keep believing the lies about each other and keep spending our resources to kill each other. We do not become safer, the opposite is true.

The question then is, will you stand for peace?

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. ~Leo Rosten, American author

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear… That old law about “an eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind… The time is always right to do the right thing… Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

©Kris Cahill 2007-2011  All Rights Reserved. /
‘Pink and Fuzzy’ ©Aussiegall
*Ancient Native American saying

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