We seek it out, barter our values and trade the hours of our existence for mere fragments of it. Just like a magician trades a quick bit of magic for your eyes to widen, your heart to race and have you coming back for more, paying hundreds of dollars just to unknowingly find yourself surrendering to the illusion and calling it art, as if it were a choice. The same way we pay taxes and call it freedom.
Power is the drug most abused by government, religious organizations and by humanity of all races. Everyone wants to believe in it. Everyone wants to believe they have some kind of control over their lives and the world we reside in. Otherwise, we’re all just equally lost, trying to do the best that we can. How terrible THAT would be to admit as a people…
WHAT YEAR IS IT? I’m totally serious, because we’ve got grown ass adults running around with ‘nazi’ flags, shouting about white supremacy, throwing bottles of urine at police officers, murdering people, and all for what? The sake of power? White power, black power, anti-fascist power. Everybody wants it and it should be theirs because this is THEIR country.
When you wake up and just decide that people are going to have to die, that the world is going to have to suffer, that you are better than your equal (and we are ALL equals) for the sake of trying to gain power, you are then at your most powerless moment in life. Recognize that as a fact. There is absolutely nothing more weak than a person that would violently and consciously set out to attack another human being based on their opinion, race, religion, or a poster board they are carrying. There will be no exchange of power between ANY of these groups because you are all fighting the wrong war.
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. Donate your time and efforts to anti-hate organizations that are actually doing things outside of protests. In order to see good you have to DO GOOD. Let them march, and while they are distracted be the difference that the world craves. Better yet, use the opportunity to evolve where hate has not.
“Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.”
– “The Character of Man,” inserted in autobiographical dictation 23 January 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 (University of California Press, 2010)