Fighting Fire With Fire Makes A Bigger Fire!

Repeating What Does Not Work...

"Insanity is doing the same things over and over expecting different results."

~Author unknown, I have tried to find the author of this statement. I thought it was Carl Jung, but it has been attributed to several different authors.

When I write these articles, I am not looking for agreement. I am just taking the opportunity to express my opinions and observations about life. What I am looking for is mutual respect. When someone has a differing opinion, I just want them to acknowledge that it is an opinion, but respect that I have a different one than theirs and that we both have the right to our own. I would like people to state their opinion without making a judgement about me. See, here's the thing. Opinions are not based on facts. They are opinions. The definition of opinion from Dictionary.com is, "A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty." I like having the opportunity to see others' opinions and I try to write articles that are thought provoking enough to elicit others' thoughts on the subject. When a person comes to my hub and says my opinions demostrate fuzzy thinking or insanity, it makes me want to be defensive and lash back with insults myself. This is not who I am commited to being, so I am making a request that if you leave a comment that differs from my opinion that you keep it to the information in the article and not make it personal between us.

That said, what we keep doing in the world, that I believe does not work to improve it, is mirror what those we oppose do, to fight what they are doing. Fighting fire with fire makes a bigger fire. I would sincerely appreciate us finding another way to promote change in the world. If I am nasty and mean spirited to you, what it makes you want to do is be nasty and mean spirited to me, but this will never improve the situation. Doing what we have always done has created the world we live in today. It is the world where it is okay to kill someone who disagrees with you. It is the world where it is okay to give the super rich more of the assets that really belong to all of us. It is the world where it is okay to spend $550,000,000.00 to help the citizens of another country when 43.6 million of your own citizens are struggling in poverty. It is the world where it is okay to pay Wall Street bankers $135,000,000,000.00 (135 billion dollars) in compensation while we allow 15,000,000 (15 million) children to go to bed hungry every night. What we have been doing is creating this world where we are in denial about our own involvement in the results.

Peace will never come as a result of violence. Feeding hungry children will never come as a result of mud slinging and hate filled retoric. Abundance for everyone will never come from doing the same things over and over and over that we have always done. Now, you may not agree with me, and I am fine with that, but if you decide to disagree, then tell me what you think will work to change these conditions, instead of just disagreeing and assailing who I am.

Dueling opinions will not change the world we live in for the better. Defending our egos against each other will not change the world we live in for the better. Assailing each others' character will not change the world we live in for the better. Doing the same things we have always done will only bring us more of the same.

There are a number of great authors on HP who write articles which shine the light on bad politics in this country. The way they do it is by quoting the facts. The only way to change someone's mind is by giving them the facts and hoping that they are intelligent enough to see the truth of it for themselves. I applaud all those who take the time and effort required to research the facts and make their case using truth instead of opinions. Mud slinging has never improved the quality of political candidates voted into office. What has improved the quality of political candidates voted into office is when the electorate takes the time to research the actual facts about that candidate and has voted their own conscience.

Why waste your precious time bickering about whose opinions are right? Nobody's opinions are right. What is much more useful is to research the facts, write articles or campaign based on the facts and vote your conscience. Especially now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations can buy political candidates. The airwaves will forevermore be filled with lies, ambiguity, and empty retoric. If we continue to vote based on our opinions we will have more of the same. If we take responsibility to do our own research into the facts about these candidates it will change the path of our country and possibly the direction the rest of the world will take.

It is my intention to create

International Love and Awareness Day

April 15, 2012

This day will begin the celebration and conversation of love and awareness for all of us here on planet Earth. It is a day to unconditionally love ourselves and each other. I am asking that on this day every year people would promote only love, acceptance, tolerance, unity and peace. As a planet of beings, we spend most of our days promoting fear. Please join me in taking one 24 hour period on April 15, 2012, to promote something that will begin to turn the direction for all of us, here. We must do this for our children if not for ourselves.

The primary difference between those who are happy and those who are not is they say so. If we recognize the impact we are having on others it allows us to have the impact we really desire.

Love and light to you...

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Gicky Soriano 5 years ago from California

I like your searching questions. They are asked in the right direction. The figures and/or numbers and the comparisons you bring forward are telling as they are challenging.

It's one thing to celebrate and carry on a conversation when it comes to love and awareness for a 24 hour period, its another to embrace and embody the traits you posted 24/7. I have definitely chosen to promote the latter in light of the legacy I am committed to leave for the next generation. But if we have to start somewhere, let it begin with a day and let it blossom in and through us.

While we are powerless to bring lasting change to the world much less lasting change in a the life of a person, that should not prevent us from working toward meaningful change in ourselves. That being said, I'll keep my understanding of how real and lasting change perfectly sets the world on fire.

A very engaging hub CreatePerfection. Continue to write in that direction.


Daydreamer Too 5 years ago

It was Albert Einstein who made that quote about doing the same thing over and over expecting a differnet result.

This world will only change when humans have had enough of the way it is right now and make those changes happen one by one themselves. All governments make promises, they all want the power, all power, eventually corrupts. As Ghandi once said: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." One by one, maybe one day we will all suddenly wake up and realise we are all ONE race, the human race and we nee each other to survive. It's a scary world we live in these days.

A good thought provoking hub, thank you. Voted up.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Gicky, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I was so encouraged after reading one of your fine articles. Thank you for the wonderful and uplifting difference your messages make in the world.

May God bless you in every single way.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Dear Daydreamer, thanks for identifying the quote. I really appreciate your insightful comment. It is so true that, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Thank you for reading my article and commenting.

Blessings and light to you.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful Job! You are an excellent writer and I agree with much of what you said. Great Job!

JSMatthew~


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Thank you J.S., I really appreciate your taking the time to read my article and comment, and I sincerely appreciate what you have said.

Blessings and light to you.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

Good morning, Lela!

Think you are right. If we all had the same opinion on everything, it would be a very boring world. Discourse and disagreement can be good, when it is engaged in with the goal to promote truth. To me, motive is an important part of it.

Allowing our children to become or remain victims of poverty is wrong. There can be nothing that justifies that. So that the rich can become richer? No way!

We are all responsible for each other, in one way or another.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hello Jillian, you are one of the writers I was referring to when I said that, "There are a number of great authors on HP who write articles which shine the light on bad politics in this country. The way they do it is by quoting the facts."

You are a very bright light in the sea of darkness called opinions.

If our opinions do not move us towards righting the injustices, they are just more of what causes these problems to exist.

Thanks so much for coming to comment.

Blessings and light to you always.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

Your points are well made. About 50% of us ignore facts that don't fit with their opinions. That is a large hurdle for International Love and Awareness Day. But you got to start somewhere.


Daydreamer Too 5 years ago

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I love your thinking- mind, too. Am following you now. :)


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

GNelson, thanks for your ever so correct comment. It will take much energy to move us all to love and awareness, but it must start somewhere and as the old adage goes, "If not me, who, if not now, when?

Blessings and light to you.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Daydreamer Too, your writing is very deep and thoughtful. Thank you for visiting my hub and for following me. It is a time when those of us who can hold the light, must.

Blessings...


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

CP - Actually I believe the insanity quote came from Albert Einstein. He was right.

The Frog


Your Favorite Nephew 5 years ago

Great points. There are so many people, especially in the present economy, that are being forgotten about. We send billions of dollars to other countries when our own people cry for help. You as well as some of those who have responded are right. We must be the change. If not us, then who? We can no longer expect polititions to fix it, they have had their chances. True change must start from within. Thanks for a great heartfelt writing.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hello Frog Prince, thank you. He was right. I am pretty amazed at how myopic we have become in regard to cause and effect and doing the same things over and over even though they have never worked.

Thanks so much for visiting my hub. It is always appreciated.

Blessings and light to you.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Dear YFN, it is so very true that it is we ourselves who must change to see the changes we want. We cannot rely on our elected officials to do the right thing. Many of them have already been bought by mega corporations.

We must look within our own hearts and respond to our own consciences to create a world that supports everyone.

Blessings and all good things to you.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

CP anyone saying you have fuzzy thinking or insanity is either to be pitied or have an agenda(personal or otherwise)and are trying to rattle your rational and correct opinions in addition to your loving and wise essence. Cause and effect is a law of Creation and many followers are coming your way for truth to the spirit is like light to a moth. Yours Lela.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Alastar, your comment is so beautiful. Thank you for encouraging me to continue this path. There are people who do not want us to find love and enlightenment, to those I send blessings and hope, but sometimes it is difficult to keep trying to bring the light where it is not wanted. Thank you so much for your kindness. It was exactly what I needed today.

Blessings and light to you in every way.

Lela

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