Anger And Political Systems
Anger And Political Systems
By Bart Sharp
A concept I live by is whatever I go into resistance to I polarize to it and likely create anger around it. I create more of a dynamics with a judging resistance that builds with the energy I do not like and wish to support. In a way I am supporting what I do not like by judging the other person, by calling them names or becoming agitated with a judging expression. I am actually feeding them an energy in some way. Most importantly I am lowering myself to a vibration similar to them.
In the history of society, when the supposedly good guys conquer the bad guys to create a new regime, it generally is only a little bit better than the old regime. Why? They overcame the “bad guys” with a polarity. It is a form of duality, there are basically only two choices in duality, and much of our society has been created in a two choice system, good vs bad, right vs wrong. We are conditioned to think this way and we are more easily manipulated by others.
How do we break beyond duality? By not judging, thus we are taking blaming, shame and guilt out of the equation. We simply respond by say, “This is not the best choice for me, I believe I will advocate for something else.” Then take action in a way to advocate your choices. If we are saying, “We gotta get this asshole out of office!” It is a judgment and we are narrowing our perspective in how we see the world, a higher ideal is less likely to emerge.
Gandhi said it best when advocating for the British government to relinquish their control over the country of India. “We want the British to leave, but we want them to leave as friends.” He is not making them wrong, Ghandi knew it was not the best choice for his people. He was a fearless advocate and likely became angry. However he did not use any of the anger to convert it into any form of aggression.
If we are to advocate change in this world of extreme conservatives who are not advocating for common people through depleting social services, environmentalism, etc. Calling them names only places us in a polarized position, we basically lower ourselves to a vibration similar to theirs. We are misplacing our anger in an ineffective, judging way. I choose to advocate for something better by voting, supporting candidates who have integrity, I send them money, I post on Facebook, I go to rallies to let my presence be seen, I call my congressmen, I pray and I focus on evolving to a higher vibration to send out to the world. These actions energize and support me. True I still have fears and am angry, yet I have a constructive place for these emotions to move me and be a part of my advocacy. I like to believe a part of Ghandi was angry for what the British were doing to his country and he used the energy to move him to be a leader, to stay on task and do what was required of him.
We may call them names or be aggressively defiant which is supporting our ego base thinking we are better than them. The reality is we are not better, only different. Aggression is a point of view to inflate us, allow our anger to act out in a destructive way and all too often it works against us as anger creates an acidic alchemy inside us. Some say the name calling is a way to blow off steam, it might be more effective to use the steam to transfer the energy to create greater change in the world. Next time you are mad at a political leader, allow your anger to be and decide to take it into a proactive action. “What can I do to create a different situation?”