Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. Pretty much sums up how I feel this morning. It’s bloody miserable outside, it’s Monday, after what feels like 500 million days it’s somehow STILL January, oh and to bloody go and top it all off – the leader of the free world is a sadistic moron who has decided to ban people from entering the country because they happen to come from one of seven states which happen to be majority Muslim. Ugh.
It’s easy to become disaffected by such bleakness. It’s apt really, that this week’s weather forecast should look like this:
Never have the words “pathetic fallacy” been so accurately employed. It’s raining in my heart.
World leaders have the duty to lead by example: intolerance breeds intolerance and hate breeds hate. If Trump continues, as I fear he will, on this rampage of discrimination and destruction, he will create enemies in those who could have been his allies. He will incite a conflict he could have quelled.
At base level, it’s easy to feel powerless. I do. When little more than ill-founded hatred is being translated into international policy affecting millions of good people – what do we do?
It’s so easy to greet hate with more hate. And anger has it’s place. A good peaceful protest is one of the most poignant, powerful statements of dissatisfaction a group of people can make.
But second to that, on this particular occasion… On most particular occasions actually – the most poignant, most powerful thing we can do in defiance to disdain is to love. To love even when we’re so angry we could turn green and rip all of our clothes off. Cheesy? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. As a great man once said; “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”