Here we are, once again, faced with in an extreme example of the duality of our three-dimensional world. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
What were once thought to be the worst race riots in U.S. history occurred during the 1960’s. (The spiral of time has unfortunately brought Americans around again to a place where those U.S. riots may be outdone, triggered by an abuse of police power that killed one black man, George Floyd.) The major 60’s riots are outlined here: Race Riots of the 1960s. Notably at the end of the article, I find this quote:
“The race riots of the 1960s led President Johnson to establish a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in 1967… There is little evidence that serious efforts were made to correct the problems raised by the commission. The Johnson administration, and those that followed, viewed the riots as law-enforcement problems rather than signs of social imbalance.”
There comes a point (and this may be it), where we have to admit to ourselves that social imbalances are increasingly causing chaos in our world. This current example is the U.S., but in 2019, we saw a rise in serious protests in various countries worldwide. It just happens that the ones in the U.S. are dominating the news at the moment. We should all be concerned about this worldwide trend.
Seeing the Duality of Our Own Nature
We as a collective seem to have the inability to adopt wider perspectives; we become too entrenched in our duality thinking, the need to adhere to one point of view. We observe the hatred “outside of us”, but it is part and parcel of not just the collective, but ourselves. Our souls came here to learn and grow within the duality of our own nature. One of our big lessons is the path towards loving better.
A revered leader in the 60’s was, of course, Martin Luther King Jr. There are many great visionary quotes by him. The thing I love about his words is this. They do not focus on the political arena or drill down to details, but rather they express a higher vision of what we are capable of as individuals, and as part of humanity.
It’s time to take a look not at just at what is wrong with the society external to us, but, how we each can become better human beings to contribute positively to our society. It’s time to pull ourselves out of the malignant duality abyss, heart by heart, and reach for the light.
Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
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