I think that revolutionary anger, like all anger, hides a deeper, slower sadness about the essential human condition, and it is through contemplation, not action, that we can come to terms with it.
Combat, territoriality, conflict, sickness, aging, dying: these are not foreign to human life, they are inescapable parts of it. We are capable of evil as well as good; greed is in our nature along with altruism.
We cannot run from tragic aspects of ourselves; we can only conquer them by facing them squarely and incorporating them into our knowledge of ourselves as whole.
We must slow down. We must move from our heads to an examination of our hearts.
The true revolution is an honest respect for the differences of others; forgiveness of their sins because their sins are ours. We must, above all else learn compassion.
How can we learn compassion from anger?
Only through time. – Stephen Rechtschaffen, “Timeshifting; Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life”
I apologize for the long quote that opens this post. I don’t often incorporate such large chunks of other people’s work within my own but Rechtschaffen’s comments on anger, violence and the root of conflict hold such profound truth that to edit them further would have been doing a grave injustice to both you the read and Mr. Rechtschaffen himself.
I also apologize for taking so much time in this space lately to pull things out of Rechtshaffen’s 1996 book on the spirituality of time. This book obviously moved me in unexpected ways, this is the last post on it though, I promise.
The quote above comes toward the end of the work. Rechtschaffen is beginning to sum up his theory on reclaiming time and he hits on what I think is a profound truth about conflict and anger that we all experience. Anger, according the Rechtschaffen “hides a deeper, slower sadness”
How many times have you met an angry person and thought to yourself, “how sad?”
How sad that someone is harboring such negative emotions? In many cases in my experience it has been obvious to everyone around that the angry person is really just masking and avoiding a deeper, more personal emotion. It comes out as anger when they don’t want to appear weak or afraid but some form of pain or sadness is usually at the root of it.
I haven’t talked much about the core concepts of Meekonomics lately. Mainly because I’ve been focusing on the latest round of edits in preparation for the release of the second edition coming this spring, but this latest reading has helped me refine another aspect of Meekonomics, namely; compassion and understanding.
To be truly meek you cannot be sad or angry. As I have defined it many times meekness is a willing submission of power in order to achieve a greater good. To be meek you must set aside your own agenda and work with people of various backgrounds and opinions. In order to do that you must come to terms with your own anger, inner sadness and conflicts. In my book I call it the Love Mentality which is only achieved when we understand and conquer our innate Ruler and Caretaker Mentalities.
Rechtschaffen rightly states that in order to integrate our internal conflicts into a functioning whole we must slow down. We must be willing to experience our emotions in order to work through our internal conflicts. Don’t fight them, don’t rush past them – meditate on them.
Meditation is not to be confused with dwelling on your emotions however. Dwelling on your emotions is to simply repeat over and over that you feel a certain way until it wells up in you and you explode in a burst of violence or collapse into a deep depression. Mediating on your emotions on the other hand tends to be a much deeper experience. Mediation goes beyond the mere feeling and asks the question, Why?.
It is not until we stare into the why of a feeling that we can move from our heads to our hearts and are truly able to learn from the experience. Meekonomics theorizes that when we learn that on an international, macro-economic scale, we can change the world!
For more information on the general theory of Meekonomics write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or buy the book “Meekonomics; Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality” here or from Amazon.