Harboring anger is like picking up a burning coal to throw at another; it is you who is burned. – The Buddha
The pursuit of anger’s justification is a fool’s errand, for such justification must rest on the fundamental misconception that individual bodies are possessed of individual souls whose merit determines their eligibility for reward and punitive action. But if what has been said here thus far is true, these bodies are separate vehicles for One God, and it is the will of God that they flourish.
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live? – Ezekiel
Neither vengeance nor anger have any place with God. These are not Mindful responses to the world, but mindless reactions. They depend for their validity on essential distinctions which do not exist, offering to their pursuers only delusory solutions. Though violence may be at times necessary, those bodies possessed of Mind engage only when so pressed, and always as mercifully and skillfully as they are able.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. – James
The perception of love as the weak inferior of righteous wrath stems from the juxtaposition of an efficacious violence with an impotent love in word only. When those who would oppose violence sit and do nothing while those who take up arms and defeat tyrants make their moves, the name of love is blasphemed, and humanity turns to the idolatry of violence, enslaving themselves to the emotion that seems to banish their ailments.
But those who stand in the name of God seek to remedy their maladies by different means. They see the use of violence only as chastisement, a reminder that were they stronger still, no other may harm them or even dare to threaten. To defeat one’s enemies without harm coming to anyone, this is the Way of the most proficient of warriors.
No man willingly does evil. – Socrates
And so how is this done? When one threatens to steal from you, can giving to him that which he desires be the solution?
No! But the solution is to come to his aid, to assist him in the remediation of those conditions of his life which spur him to attempts at violent resolution. Is he stealing because he has no means by which to provide for his family? Then assist him in their acquisition! Perhaps a trespasser comes upon your property out of a lack of shelter? Then go to him with your neighbors and raise a roof above his head!
Far from the weaker of the alternatives, the divine labor of love sits not idly by in pews while beggars starve on the streets. It harasses not the violent for their attempts at resolving problems which those who profess love merely observe from afar. Rather, the labor of love demands a perfect strength, a dynamic and profoundly qualified character in virtue, to create and bring forth the changes in the world which must be made to remove the impetus for that woefully inferior alternative in destruction.
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. – The Gospel of Matthew
Nowhere can there be made the iniquitous divisions of pride; a wise humility is the manner of the sage, for the sage recognizes that bodies are but accidents to the essence of God. The commandment to love each person uniformly (for it is truly the One Mind that is loved) is truly like the commandment to love the Lord thy God with all the capacity of this body and the rest of Heaven’s Gifts.
Were we capable of rising to one another’s aid in this way, were we to abandon the vanity which robs us of the clarity of sight with which we might see the inferiority of its alternative, we would embark upon the eternal path of righteousness together. We would not be lacking in challenge, for the world is not made so that it might one day be perfect, but rather, it is made so that each creature might cross that which is visible to come to faith in that which is invisible.
Charitable actions and a holy disposition is the only fruit of this earthly life. – Marcus Aurelius
This is the sole aim of the Godly: to make Way for God with one’s very life. Excellence in the accomplishment of this aim is the only measure by which lives ought to be judged. If what has been discussed herein is true, there is indeed an extreme similarity between the commandments to love God and neighbor, for the Mind of God moves both. If that Celestial Mind, that source of all that is, should become the sole aim of our lives, the one object of our faith, then let all irrationality and those emotions which make it so palatable be confidently banished from our lives. Let all doubt or worry which might otherwise threaten to stymie a perfect, universal love be rejected once and for all, and let those who will cry “fools!” be reduced to silent awe before the Mind of the righteous.
If there were universal mutual love in the world, with the love of others being like the love of oneself, would there still be anyone who was not filial?…Would there still be thieves and robbers? If there were regard for the houses of others like one’s own house, who would steal? If there were regard for the persons of others like one’s own person, who would rob? – Mozi
The silence of those foolhardy critics shall be made not from a willful deafness, but rather from a serious religious faith and a courageous disposition born therefrom, bringing each body to the knowledge that in the Divine Unity, there is but one self. There is but One Mind. All that remains for those who understand this fundamental principle is to summon the courage to act upon that knowledge. The righteous must stand in the face of critique and derision for the sake of life’s fruit. Be confident in faith, my sisters, my brothers, for I hope to have convinced you by now, or at least given some inkling of a sense in you that faith in the Divine Unity is not merely the fanciful dream of the mindless, but a rationally justified faith of the mindful.