Each day we awaken to the beauty of life, if we so choose to see it. These days it would seem there is a fairly large dose of FEAR in the world, and even some seeping into my own heart. At the moment the world’s fear is of terrorists, and unfortunately that has grown into fear of any thing different than self. Fear is creating divisive beliefs amongst us humans, and in my mind that is granting the terrorists their very wish. When we become divisive we start to turn away from one and other, we forget to love.
This fear mongering is occurring everywhere in mainstream media, and with our politicians some of who in America are suggesting we start documenting certain religious groups by implementing a registration of sorts. This harkens directly back to WWII when certain groups of people were required to register, some were relocated, etc. The most shocking part in all of this is that many people think this is a good idea! Why, because people are different, they don’t understand their religion, their beliefs, their customs and they have decided they are all terrorists, or could possibly be, and FEAR of that is motivating them to think crazy thoughts.
While I do not advocate any such type of registration of any peoples, I find myself falling into the FEAR category as to my beautiful son. He is finishing his Master’s program in New Zealand and will embark on the return to his home later today. I worry about the flights, the weather and of course the crazy people in this world. More worry is in my heart (FEAR) for his next plan in life. He intends to travel across Europe for approximately 5 months beginning in February.
That nasty bugger FEAR is not only creeping into the edges of my heart, it has invaded it! I am already suggesting which countries he should avoid visiting. He has acknowledged my fear and the situation of our current world by planning to stay away from many large western cities, and so it begins. He feels pained by my talk around FEAR and I feel pained around his plans to be gone so long. Does this mean the terrorists have won? This conversation would never have occurred prior to some of their recent killings to include Mali, Beirut, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Paris just to name a few. The image of these bad guys beheading humanitarians is almost too much for the mother part of my soul to handle. Yes FEAR is tugging at the corners of my heart too. However, I will attempt to not allow it to win. My son and his beautiful finance will travel Europe and they will be cautious and prudent. What crazy times we live in.
My hope for the world is that we unite, not separate and allow FEAR to win. We have to send out more LOVE than ever before, stop cursing people who cut us off while driving, stop being impatient with others, remember we are all human and we are all a little afraid right now in these times. No giving in to crazy talk about establishing registrations for certain religious groups! LOVE is what will unite us, and my wish is that we remember to LOVE everyone just a little bit more and get out of our own ego and practice empathy.