have begun observing my anger, and one of the things that I have
noticed is that it rises when I perceive, what to me, is an unjust
of us are offended, indeed angered, by injustice. And it has
become fashionable to argue that anger can be used effectively;
that in a sense, the end (justice) justifies the means (anger).
But let us examine this situation carefully.
we are angry, as a result of an unjust situation, (or any other
situation for that matter), and when we decide to take action,
what is it that actually drives our action? Is it the unfair
situation that we find ourselves or someone else in? Or is
it our desire, indeed our demand, that justice be delivered in
exchange for our anger? Chances are that whilst the unjust
situation may have been the initial trigger, it quickly assumes a
secondary role as anger rises quickly in most of us!
for a moment, if upon our awareness of an unjust situation, the
warm light of love and compassion was lit up within us, instead of
the flames of anger. How would we respond? Would we
still demand justice? What would we exchange it for?
If we said love, then could we still claim to love
'unconditionally' as many of us think we do, or aspire to?
Is it in fact, wise to demand justice in the manner some
cultures exhort us to?
The light of
love illuminates much that is in darkness, including our own
fears, prejudices, intolerance and doubts. In so doing, it
offers us the opportunity to examine our motives and free them
from these obscurations. When we are certain that our
motives are pure, then we are able to be creative and open in our
response. And such a response will clearly not require anger
to drive it!
will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your
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