Thank you! I gave it 50 claps.
I have every right to be angry.
Anger, in and of itself, is not a negative or positive emotion.
It is what we do with our anger that can be positive or negative.
I will not be violent or hateful because of my anger
Though I can understand why many are losing control and lashing back.
I see and understand both perspectives:
One perspective is: If they go low we go high…and…Two wrongs don’t make a right...and…You cannot fight hate with hate or ignorance with ignorance.
All those things are undisputed wisdom and truth.
The other perspective is not explained so easily with trite expressions…
The other perspective is: How much abuse must we take before we must fight back in order to survive. This is not condoning violence…but it is acknowledging that if you keep letting someone punch you in the gut over and over and over and you don’t fight back…you will eventually die from the injuries.
How much verbal abuse must someone endure before it is deemed right and just for them to seek to stop the tongue(s) of their oppressor(s)?
No one, of sound mind, wants to be a victim of endless abuse. At some point the abused have to make a decision:
They will either learn to live with, and cope with, and continue to take the abuse so that they may eventually die of it…
…Or they will realize that sometimes you must forceful and strike back…you must protect yourself from those who seek to harm you.
Abusers never see their victims until the victims hold up a mirror.
Abusers never hear their victims until they speak out.
Abusers never feel the pain they inflict until the pain is directed back at them.
And yes, there are so many shades of grey. So many variables to consider…because violence, even when it is justified, should always be a last resort.
And that is where all those shades of grey and variables are:
In trying to determine when violence as defense is justified.
Because a humane human being knows that violence is wrong and will go out of their way to avoid such conflict.
But what happens when no matter how much they try to avoid it they cannot escape it. What happens when the abuser intentionally and purposefully seeks to continually cause the victim physical, and even worse, psychological harm…and the victim cannot get away.
If one is told repeatedly that they are worthless.
Over and over and over
And deep down…they know their abuser is wrong.
They know they are just as worthy as anyone else.
They know that ALL ARE WORTHY
They mentally fight the abusers insults until they are exhausted…
Until they cannot take it anymore
Until, in order for their spirit to survive…they seek to stop the abuse by any means necessary.
When the victim…at their wits end…uses violence to stop the abuse
Does that make the victim a abuser too?
Or does that make them a survivalist?
Is not systematic bigotry being forced upon society via a justice system that has been corrupted by those who use that corruption to gain more and more power($$$)…a form of psychological abuse at a societal scale?
How long is humanity foolishly supposed to turn a blind eye and ear to those abusers in hopes that those abusers will take it upon themselves to change their ways for the better?
Abusers rarely change their ways…unless there is risk of punishment.
Would abusers continue to abuse if their actions brought them personal punishment?
We should not, as a humane and civil society, be forcing long abused segments of our population to endure more of the unwarranted and constant mental, as well as physical abuse, of bigotry because of the apathy and ignorance of too many in our population to their suffering.
But that’s exactly what has been happening.
We have been letting the abusers have the upper hand:
We let them infiltrate…
and mess with our minds.
Sure…Abusers…have free speech
So do their victims
Abusers can be like wolves hidden in layers of sheep wool
They will try to bleat that they are the victims
If you listen carefully
You can hear the muffled growls of angry wolves
Wolves who are angry because they are afraid…
that those who they have always preyed upon will no longer be fearful and run away or lay down and be devoured.
They will, intead, stand their ground…and fight for survival.
The bigots are outnumbered
Justice can be heartbreakenly and annoyingly slow and at times obscure
Yet…it is always there waiting for its moment
and I have hope
and must believe
Justice will prevail.