What I see is a form of vengeance.
Today’s lesson may seem harsh and the student will recoil and deny its validity and yet if we step back and consider the dynamics we engage in when we perceive and interpret ourselves and the world we come to realize its veracity.
Most of us, unless we are enlightened, are full of anger which is fueled by our fears. We all are a bit paranoid thinking that other people and circumstances are out to harm us. This generates anger which we then project onto other people and situations and then we fear blowback and repercussions which make us defensive which only generates more anger and so a vicious cycle is created in which resentments, grievances, recriminations become a huge part of our lives whether we are consciously aware of it or whether our anger is repressed, and appears dormant and is unconscious.
We are asked today, to take a minute or two five times during the day and just reflect on our thoughts, motivations, intentions, preferences and identify what the Course calls “attack thoughts.” Once we can identify and name them for what they are, we can decide to choose a better way.
All of our Unitarian Universalist principles ask us to affirm and promote a better way, but this is highly unlikely until we can recognize and admit that we often think, feel, and do the opposite of what the principles ask of us.