How do you get something good from something bad? By this Im really thinking about the aspects of our humanity, like love and generosity are good. While spite, selfishness and violence are bad. Since we all have within us the capacity for love and hate, how do we take the hate and add its power to the love in us, and thereby diminishing the power of the hate, while magnifying the power of the love in us? Is it even possible?
I’d like to be able to do this, because I feel that there is a lot of wasted energy in the products of the hatefull side of our natures, sometimes Im drained by it, and I dont have much energy at all these days. Anyway, you engage in hatred or bile, but for what? Ive yet to see any net gain resulting from an episode of hatred or anger. But anger can be righteous yes? But even then, is it productive? Can it actually solve any problem?
All I see is that if the first step on any journey of thought emnates from any darkness, then the end of that journey, or that road is going to be darker yet, to whatever the aim, be it for good or ill, it does not vary, it ends in darkness.
Well, no answers here, but surely something worth persuing. I do find it very difficult not to descend into hatred when I learn of any injustice, or unfairness in life, any bullying or bad behaviour especially targetted at the weak brings my worst side to the fore.
I didnt have a problem with this for many decades, as it seemed a natural and good thing to want to fight against the oppressor and for the oppressed, but violence is the only result, and nothing changes. I see that there is a better way, and it needs people to want to change from within, to put self sacrifice before self, I can imagine the gains to all. I have no faith in it ever happening though, but I can dream.