Hatred and fear blind us,

We no longer see each other,

We only see the faces of monsters and

that gives us the courage

to destroy each other

by Thich Nhat Hahn.

I read this recently and it explains so much of what is happening within relationships around the world.  I have been concerned about the amount of hatred that is present in speeches given by leaders and the actions being taken against groups of people globally.  Courage rooted in hatred and fear will eventually dissolve, but after having harmed people and the earth. We have seen this happen over and over again in our history. In destroying others we invariably destroy ourselves too.

Removing fear and hatred within our own minds takes courage. Because we are left feeling vulnerable without the protection of the monsters face to scare others with. As that monstrous face peels of, the authentic, genuine  and compassionate face is revealed to ourselves and the world.  In the process we alleviate our own suffering and of those around us.

Cultivating peace, promoting well being and harmony in good times is easier to do. When there is anger, fear, hatred, greed and intolerance around us, it takes clarity, discernment, and sheer focus on actions enveloped in love. Courage that leaves us feeling vulnerable and wanting to protect ourselves and others from harm is rooted in love.

There are so many people all over the world who are  looking for food, shelter, safety, and belonging.  We can choose to turn away from their suffering or alleviate their suffering. We can choose to destroy them because of our own fears or  choose to protect them from harm.




22 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Shobhna, I am in heartfelt agreement. My intention for the week has been “love and listening.” I hear your worry for the world and commitment to peaceful living. Thank you.

  2. Such important and inspiring thoughts we should all read right now Shobhna.. And May we all soon learn to live from our hearts in love and gratitude, appreciation and respect.. ( I came via Val’s reblog.. and so happy I did πŸ™‚
    Blessings Sue πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sue. I am so grateful for Thich Nhat Hahn’s poems writings and talks as I have found much peace and joy.
      I agree with what you said. May we live from our hearts…I am so glad you and I have Val as a mutual kind friend.

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