Sunday, January 20, 2019

How can darkness drive out darkness?

Osho has said, "Stop worrying about darkness and turn on the light. People who think only about the darkness can never find the light."

Tomorrow we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day and he said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

We tend to focus on what we fear and as Franklin Delano Rosevelt Jr. told us the greatest fear is fearing fear itself.

Most of us live in fear. We fear scacity and attack, and we project it onto everything we see. Some people, knowing this, manipulate these projections to advance their personal interests. Well meaning people complain and object but this often magnifies the projections and fans the flames of fear even more.

Making the bogey men more real by focusing attention on them is counter productive. What is needed is the light of truth and love which is always there but often blocked and hidden by the obstacles of fear.

Rather than fight the darkness we need to rise above it and move on toward the light.

Unitarian Universalists know this because we covenant together to affirm and promote the seven principles which all are sources of light. We affirm and promote worth and dignity, justice, equity and compassion, acceptance of one another, free and responsible search for truth and meaning, the right of conscience and use of the democratice process, peace, liberty, and justice for all, and a love and appreciation for the interdependent web of all existence.

We, UUs, endeavor to let our little light shine around the world.

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