A lot of my friends and colleagues and other well-meaning people far and wide are in a virtual panic right now, for two main reasons.
One is that a boorish populist named Rob Ford may be the next mayor of Toronto. Another is that the National Long Gun Registry was, and may still be under threat due to a private member’s bill introduced in Parliament on Wednesday.
But tender-hearted people, take note: there’s a worse spectre than a nation without a gun registry, or a city with a loudmouthed conservative at the helm. As if that’s never happened before.
Look inside you, for there lurks the demon: It’s your own fear.
Surely you don’t mean to tell me that all it takes to make you afraid is a guy who rubs you the wrong way running your town? Surely you don’t fear for your life merely on the basis of whether a private member’s bill to amend a piece of legislation passes, or doesn’t in the House of Commons?
If so, you’re the one with the problem. Look around at the world. See if you can find anyone with LESS to be scared of than you.
It’s not these unsavoury political occurrences you should be worried about; it’s your own tendency to get freaked out by mere hints and threats and predictions.
You wouldn’t have anything to be afraid of if you weren’t so damned afraid.
The bad guys win when the good guys are weak and cowardly. If you want to beat them – whoever they are for you – fight fear with love, confidence, courage, generosity, cheer, whimsy, happiness, appreciation, gratitude… anything but fear.
Remember what Yoda said: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
You want to be a Jedi, right? Or some kind of warrior for the light, anyway. You want to be on the side of bringing goodness into the world, which is what warriors do. Well, the first thing to learn is that you can’t fight fear with fear. That’s not the warrior’s way.
Fear is the the real enemy. And warriors know how to face the enemy with clarity and purpose.
Get over it!