Last weekend, all over Australia, people took to the streets to “March in March”. It seemed they were furious with a relatively new prime minister for reasons that displayed a clear lack of Gratitude for a political system that works very well compared to many in the world, and was marked by hateful angry attacks on the man himself.
Of course, in a democracy, it is everyone’s right to voice their opinion. But, i wondered about the benefit of such a vitriolic display on the protesters themselves. There’s a Zen proverb that says “Hate injures the hater, not the hated.” The hate-mongering represents a symptom of a growing trend, the refusal to take responsibility for our woes and to blame government. In fact, social ills are not the government’s fault. Government is a handy scape-goat until you really See what is responsible; the collective human mind that believes its Good is separate from its Self.
We, not Knowing this Truth, fall under the unconscious veil of blame for the apparent lacks we suffer. What is the remedy? Not venomous protests. Gratitude dissolves hate because it dissolves the forms of hate, but you can’t be hateful and Grateful at the same time. Can you be Truly Grateful for your job and simultaneously hate corporate profits? Can you be Grateful for your spouse while you hate your in-laws? Can you be Grateful that you live in a democracy and hate the incumbent leader? No. It’s contradictory and hypocritical. Gratefulness and hatefulness are mutually exclusive, so while we hate, we cut ourselves off from our own Good. While we hate, forms of hate will keep surfacing for us to hate.
Hate turns our efforts to be grateful into ineffective and disingenuous lip-service. The venomous emotion that we hold under the surface actually feeds the collective human psyche and creates discord. Gratitude dispels it. But the way forward is not to create a new subject for blame by hating the protesters. They are only doing what they believe to be right. Forgiveness is the sister of Gratitude because both emanate from Love.
Be Grateful for whatever you receive, Forgive those who you believe are withholding. That way, we open Consciousness for the Infinite Gifts of Love to fulfil every need.
Let’s not march to complain, let’s march to be Grateful.