Halos, Virtues and Love
All nations paint halos over their national image. I goes on ad nauseam, with every nation failing to see that they are manifestations of human nature shaped over time in a region. The greater the halo the lesser the virtue.
Patriotism may be a naturally occurring feeling, but ignorantly applied it can trump our common humanity, and cause people to yell at helpless refugee children.
Why? People are scared to love. They can’t love the kid in themselves and they can’t therefor love themselves or anyone else.
Why? Stress, the internalized violence of the universe? Believe it or not, that’s close.
Yet, let’s just look at human society for a moment. We believe that punishment fixes things, and it always just makes things worse. We evolved to flee or fight, and now we can’t run from each other anymore, and we can’t fight without adding to the joint misery.
It is a time to look within and see the kid, and look for the kid in others, and learn to compromise and to love.
David “Mitch” Sotelo