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”
Absolutely true words of so much encouragement, Shobhna and you have written it so aptly. Why and for what are we humans doing all this is the question on many peoples minds. A lovely picture too. Great post.
Thank you so much Kamal. Yes. I agree many people are disturbed and awakened by this.
Have a wonderful day.
Welcome Shobhna and same to you too
Beautiful words and wish for the world, Shobhna. I too hope that the people of the world who are mired in fear and hatred will have the courage and grace to love. ❤
Thank you Diana. In leaps and bounds I hope ♡
wonderful to see
happiness & fearlessness
when looking into the mirror 🙂
Thank you David. I agree. Important to savor those moments when we can be armorless. 🙂
Beautiful words of truth. Each of us has a responsibility to make a difference. 🙏🏻💕
Thank you for your kind words Karen. Have a wonderful weekend. ♡
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.
Alicia, I appreciate your comment and your intention for the week is beautiful. Thank you for holding space of love and listening.
Beautifully said Shobhna. Thank you 🙏
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Beautifully expressed thoughts on Thich Nhat Hahn’s words. Thank you Shobhna.
Thank you so much Val. Your kindness and support is touching ♡♡
Beautiful and so very true 🙂
Found you through Val.
Thank you so much Irene. I am glad we have a mutual, wise blogging friend 🙂
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Thank you for sharing this blog post, Ashtara. Much appreciated. Have a great week.
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 🙂
Blessings Sue 🙂
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.
Yes Val is a true inspiration isn’t she.. Much Love your way 🙂
Val sure is an inspiration. Have a fabulous day. Love and peace