Noncomplementary Behavior

The best propaganda is not pamphleteering, but for each one of us to try to live the life we would have the world live. –  Gandhi

The saying goes that an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. A path of vengeance only perpetuates continuing retaliation. If I meet discord with more of the same then I am a complement to discord.  In the field of psychology, a disruption to this monkey see, monkey do behavior is termed noncomplementary behavior – flipping the script and meeting hostility with non-violence and willing understanding.

One may sense that the majority of today’s behavioral interactions are conditional. Typically, warmth begats only warmth and insult guarantees insult. All we need do is look at our political landscape, racial disparity and religious conflict, to see this laid out with such vindictive regularity. It is a willingness to listen with an intent to understand that disrupts this polarizing intensity.

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A Spiritual Sentinel

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Gandhi

If we want to be free from suffering, we have to stop inflicting it.  If we want love, we have to love, no matter what anybody thinks of us.  – Ernest Holmes, Creative Living

The job of a sentinel is to stand and keep watch. Hyper vigilance and keen awareness are not only essential but are part of the sentinel’s duty. No distractions. Stay awake. With this position there is no room for privileged thoughts of abstention and circumventing. You are there to safeguard and protect.

When you professed a belief in oneness and when you recited a pledge about liberty and justice for all, you became a spiritual sentinel.

As a spiritual sentinel you are here to guard the light. You are here to keep watch and protect kindness and offer support to those long denied it. You are to remain indefatigable in the pursuit to honor the huddled masses whose lives have been farmed as resource and to...

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