A View from the Other Side

Observations from the winged dude next door.

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Punching Nazis

When and how should you consider violence against evil? I know my answer, but this post is about your choices. This is a blog post you should read if this question is in your mind. It talks about all kinds of attacks, physical and metaphysical.

“The use of force destroys things. It smashes windows, breaks bones, and pushes people into poverty. It disrupts the peace and destroys lives and families. It can never be completely controlled and contained. We are all better off if we avoid violence.

“But violence is also effective – it’s one of the most direct ways to get what you want, particularly if you’re more powerful than the guy on the other side. Because it’s so effective, there’s always a temptation to use it, especially if you’re powerful enough to keep the collateral damage to others and avoid it yourself.

“When someone breaks the peace treaty and declares their intention to use force – in words or in actions – either we will respond or we will be subdued.”

Love is Love

Love is love. Hate is hate. Evil is evil. The work continues.

Sometimes Work Requires Blood

Sometimes a wild god comes to the table.
He is awkward and does not know the ways
Of porcelain, of fork and mustard and silver.
His voice makes vinegar from wine.

This is for those of you who think that being “enlightened” or “spiritual” is all about sweetness and light and peace and zen, and if you’re not the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, you’re doing it wrong.

Allow me to disabuse you of that extremely simplistic notion.

You haven’t seen me in full-on battle rage. And it’s probably not something you ever want to see. It would probably frighten you, and would definitely give you a different opinion of who and what I am. So please read the full poem at the above link and consider it carefully. Sometimes dark things are extremely dangerous to you and those around you, and should not be taken lightly (pun intended), but sometimes we’re necessary. The fire can burn, but not if you understand how to handle it properly.

Edited to add: Now that I think more about it, this is the opposite of my previous post, When the Darkness Comes Disguised as the Light. Sometimes genuinely evil things can look like good things. Sometimes good things can seem evil until you understand them. It is critically important that you be able to tell the difference.

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