Do we “fight fire with fire or water”? …

Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, years ago once posed the question: “Do we fight fire with fire or with water?”

My thoughts, upon recalling that question

Fighting fire with fire, or anger, has not been successful

Anger is like a “ridge” — like two firehoses pointed vs. each other, shooting high pressure water at each other … Has anger ever worked for you against a person really angry at you? … I recall the words of Gautauma Siddhartha Buddha that: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

That said, I would also say, As Scott says, “allow yourself to shine.”

And, I would add:

In each circumstance, from what some call your “point of power” — or from your heart — decide for yourself: “what constitutes ‘water'” … in the spirit of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” with the corollary that:

 As L. Ron Hubbard says, “the wrong thing to do is nothing” … or, as in the spirit of how Gregg Braden puts it in Walking Between the Worlds — The Science of Compassion: Compassion does NOT mean taking no action/doing nothing (in the face of injustice).


About Theta Networker

“Before I am a man, I am a human being; before I am a human being, I am a spirit” ... who chooses to move toward those who naturally emanate love and light ... and away from toxic, fear-based thought-forms or religions ... Awakening to healing myself and allowing the grace that others need to flow through me from spirit ... And so I am guided to write in the spirit of a Blue Ray ...

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