I have to ask. When did hate and conflict seem to become the norm? I say “seem” because I can only base it upon my own encounters and observations. Is it my awareness and engagement at certain levels that has exposed me to those with predilections for kill or be killed…master and servant…class warfare? I have been told that I have a certain “spidey-sense” when it comes to tension and conflict. I have learned to rely on this sense when observing those around me. I honestly feel that living in a state of conflict has become natural to so many more than used to. So why?
Partially, I believe it is the bombarding, ballistic exposure to world-wide events. Never before, in our history, have we had constant access to the bickering, backbiting, and infighting that has become available via so many channels of media. It’s not just the news (politics), or reality tv, or social media…it’s all of it. And it’s polarizing. There’s a degree of bitterness I sense in so many people, and they are bitter about little things. Again…polarized. A world of absolutes. If you’re not with, then you’re against.
That never leads down a path to understanding or acceptance…tolerance. Oh yeah…that’s become a four letter word today. The world, however, has a way of working these things out. Nature, no matter how much we rail against her, finds a way to bring balance back to her breast.