Making Hate Irrelevant

I was so saddened to hear of the white supremacist terrorism in Buffalo a few days ago. I was furious that our institutions are complicit and yet cannot be held accountable. Media pundits who provoke and sustain hate; elected leaders who do not have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby; and people who cling to an ancient amendment meant for another era. The fear and hate factories are in full swing everywhere. There are too many questions and very few answers or solutions. It is as if a sickness has taken hold of the human race.

Personally, I have tried to build a wall of silence around me so that I do not hear anything from the media or the pundits at all. In fact, on our walk in the park, my friend informed me of the shooting in Buffalo, and the murder of a Palestinian woman journalist, and the subsequent dishonoring of her funeral procession. I noticed how I reacted- very calm and detached; quite different from a decade or more ago, when aghast, I would launch on a long reaction about racism and injustice. I used to be the first one to march in protests, and even went when nobody else was going. But after 15 million people globally protested against the Iraq war, which was started based on deliberately false intelligence, and the global war machine went ahead, I decided to sit it out. I had burnt out. Many years later, when people around the world marched against the ghastly George Floyd murder, I was encouraged as I saw the impact. But not encouraged enough to pick up and stand on street corners again.

I have tried to cultivate a spiritual perspective, with the great help of my Sufi teacher. And in that perspective, one detaches and goes inward. More time is spent on building and practicing the values that you see missing in the world around you. The inner war begins of the Ego and the Higher Self. What is beautiful about detachment is that even as you see hate around you, you are not triggered or upset. You actually feel compassion, as if the haters have some sort of disease and cannot help acting the way they do. They are not in control, and I imagine their brains have been taken over by people who have media and money to foment hate so great that they cause others to take other people’s lives- what a sad loss; what a legacy to leave behind. Their victims are totally innocent and have done nothing wrong. They just belong to a group that has become the target of the hate. I often wonder if self-hate leads to hate. I keep looking for cures for this disease.

How do we make hate irrelevant? We make it irrelevant by building bridges and reaching out across boundaries. We make it irrelevant by focusing on those who are doing good for all of humanity. If only our media had a conscience, instead of counting hits and views, it would feel a responsibility towards rebuilding human values, and highlighting stories that inspire and unite us. As the famous physicist and philosopher David Bohm said: fragmentation in our world starts with the fragmentation of the human mind, and we better take ownership of our own minds and hearts and discover the infinite beauty within to bring it out.

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Wall Street escapee, retired, grandmother, coach, speaker, writer, blogger on peace, transformation and reclaiming our insaniyet (humanism)

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Mino Akhtar

Wall Street escapee, retired, grandmother, coach, speaker, writer, blogger on peace, transformation and reclaiming our insaniyet (humanism)