We fear. We are scared. We are scared of “them”. So many “them’s”. All of them taking, taking, taking …
Our jobs, our homes, our services, our contentment, our way of life, our future and our children! We are right to fear them. We are right to be scared of them. We are right to protect ourselves. We are right to weed them out wherever they may be. We are right to look after Number One!
The conversation globally has a lot to do with fear right now. For some it is global warming – or drought and famine – or tyranny and war – or power and privilege – or “muslims” – or “christians” – or fundamentalists – or radicalists – or some other “ist”. For some it is “terror” and the fear of a bullet or a bomb.
And I watch this slide into ever more closed communities, ever tighter vested-interests and ever more exclusive (and excluding) ways of living/thinking. And I wonder …
Does no one realise that WE are their “them” – just as they are OUR “them”?
“He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ‘ Matthew 13:24-30
In “their” field WE are the weeds. In “their” field THEY sow good seed. In “their” field WE are the enemy. There can never – EVER – be just one “them” – there always must be two “them’s”.
Which means we are all one big global “them”. And is that true even in faith? Even in “that”?
You believe in a spiritual being. Your faith demands you purge the “field” of disbelievers – of weeds – all because of what you “believe” … ? And from where did this “belief” come from? Your mother, your father, your friends, your peers, your culture, your “church” … ? And have your beliefs changed or evolved over your lifetime? Have YOU changed over your lifetime?
And if not – how come you are accessing your “gadget” via the internet to read these words (and not still suckling at your mother’s breasts)?
We all change – and that is just one more commonality – another global “us”. And we will change again and again. Unless we choose not to. Unless we choose to stay static and stagnant. And even then we will change. Becoming ever more toxic. Our choices do define us. Even the choices we think we are NOT making. Just as we choose not to be aware that we choose to fear (and choose not to be aware that choosing fear is just one more global “us” – something we all do usually).
Because a fact is that I will die – I just have no idea when – so I have the choice to fear dying – even though I know I must. Just as I know I will sleep – that I will eat something (or not) – that I will breathe – that I will be happy and sad and angry and quiet and loud and fast and slow and full of energy – and also have none.
My choice is to fear those “facts” or not. But my choice will drive so much else.
The West fears the “East” (right now). A while ago the West feared the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. Before that it was something else. Ethnic cleansing, moving populations, imposing cultures, political and religious systems, altering others’ way of life “for their good”, making better use of “their” resources, fearing they will take our resources, or fearing we will run out of resources … all of that has been around for a long time. And sometimes we call it “economic” – and sometimes we call it “slaughter”.
Sometimes they do it to us. Sometimes we do it to them. When we die we mourn. When they die they mourn. They do it in the name of their God … we do it in the name of our God … they do it for “resources” they need … we do it for “resources” that we need … we fear they will keep hold of theirs … they fear we will take theirs.
And just what are these “resources” we have a right to own? Stuff “we” created – stuff “we” made …? I don’t see that ownership. I don’t see that entitlement. Not unless we impose an “us and them” on “stuff”.
So would someone please tell me what I am missing …
Why must I be an “us” for your fear – because that just makes me a “them” for their fear … ?