OVER THE YEARS, I have tried to be patient and loving even with people who were nasty and destructive when they didn’t agree with me, and even though my determination to avoid giving like-for-like often made them behave even more unpleasantly (for they are addicted to the thrust and the joust). I always realised that their comportment was dictated by damaged elements in their hearts which they did not comprehend; therefore I had sympathy and empathy. But something has changed in recent times, and I am no longer inclined to be so indulgent. This does not imply a withdrawal of essential human love; but I will no longer be railroaded by their games, grudges and goadings. For now the lines are being drawn very differently and we are moving into a rapidly degenerating world in which those people — instead of being reasonable objects of sympathy and help — are not only energy-leeches and time-wasters but also would-be snitches to the authorities (or some other even more sinister kind of threat, as they casually haunt the edges of violence).
It is now time to preserve one’s integrity and so I leave them to their fate. I am always happy to debate with people who are genuinely on a trajectory of truth-seeking. But I will no longer be goaded by people whose minds are stuck in a granite prison or who are completely controlled by something or someone outside of themselves. There is a vast difference between simple ignorance (which always has the implicit desire to learn) and aggressively wilful ignorance (in which a person merely seeks to preserve their wall of lies by any means possible). This is actually very cathartic as I have wasted much time and energy on such folks down the years, both among ‘family’ and ‘frenemies’. All that having been said, I will always accept people back if they’ve plainly been transformed and are no longer primed to be ‘prima donnas’. I never bear grudges. But now is the time to ‘trim one’s wick’ to enable one’s flame to burn with more efficient illumination.
© Copyright, Alan Morrison, 2021
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