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The need to slap somebody. Really you say? Yes.

Updated on February 8, 2014

Not just any tree.

A tree that stands alone is remarkable, most need a forest to support them.
A tree that stands alone is remarkable, most need a forest to support them. | Source

If you think you have no obligation to others do not read further.

We start with a basic truth. You are reading this so you have internet capacity and access to a computer. You are reading it on Hub Pages so you have some sophistication in finding this article. You would not read this if your English skills are not advanced so you are privileged to have a reasonable education. You also are now in a place with electricity and shielded from the elements or you could not access this.

Have you ever lived in a tent outside of Kabul? In a dump in Mexico City DF? On an American Indian reservation or a Somali village where this is not the case to have electricity and connectivity. Laws of probability say that you have not for it is near impossible to pull yourself up from there.

So you are privileged by birth. Get over it. Your life is full of possibilities and opportunities. That is on you if you waste it.

A mustard seed smaller than a tomato seed grew this tree.

How small is you beginning?
How small is you beginning? | Source

Where are you at? A house to live in? A "lousy Job"? Take a look at yourself.

Oh my! These horrible stressors of getting your hair done and the car repaired and so and so at here and there on time. And oh my! What will we have for dinner and is Jr. watching too much media and here is a new recipe.

And though he is a good man my husband drinks too much beer and though she is a good woman I have wondering eyes and I do not like our new pastor and oh that new boss stinks and our economy is bad and health insurance costs so much along with taxes ....................... Sorry that exhausted me.


Listen to this and the next one. Sometimes life is tough in our heart but generally for you readers not enough really.

It is just that Shakespeare thing about better to have loved and lost ..............

A weak pallet and no stomach for conflict.

Something for you who walk away.


The author here admits to a crazy and wild west upbringing with fist fights and the game of battle always underfoot. I liked it as a child and then became an advocate and loved it as an adult child. But soon we see the nobility of peaceful reconciliation of all things human and we work for that peace. And it is good among us. And if we are lucky like me we find some solace in spirituality that our atheist friends can only imagine. And we grow in peace and love for ourselves and loved ones and neighbors.

And some are happy this way to stay away from conflict. But my father did not raise me that way and my roots run deep for others. For me I can say unequivocally that my catalyst was not nature but nurture that requires me to risk what I have for good for others. In truth that translates into: In my heart I am not allowed to walk away when I see wrong. Oh for sure it is wrong only by my standards. But if one stands for nothing equivicating on what might be right, then one falls for anything.


They call this great ocean the Pacific.

Peaceful is a strange name for an ocean.
Peaceful is a strange name for an ocean. | Source

Some are not wired to walk away or ignore because it takes too much time and effort that is negative.

I have so many good friends here on hub pages that are truly wonderful people and I have them elsewhere like FB and Pint and real world. And they are not wired to fight. I so respect that and hope that more will be like that.

So we bend a knee and pray: Let those who are not akin to battle support those who are that way. Let them stay away and pray. Let them think that donations and good deeds changes all matters wrong. Let them be secure. As they pray for me. let me pray for them.

The world understand and keep safe those who put ribbons on things and stay away from conflict. Let the world love them and raise them up.


Now here is the issue.

There are little wrongs in this world that require some conflict to prevent them from becoming big problems and there are big problems that occur because good people did nothing when they were small problems.

Now we are all given talents through our creation. Not all talents are the same. I think we all thank goodness for that. So those with the talent to stay calm and peaceful should remain with that talent. And those who are with the talent of the warrior should remain with that talent.

But as hard as it may be at times the two must support each other. The notion must be difficult at times because the underlying issue gets lost in a battle between peace and conflict. And this should not occur because make no doubt that all will want an issue resolved for it is the dynamic dichotomy of a warrior to ultimately fight for peace. And the ultimate dichotomy aim of the pacifist to desire the destruction of conflict.

And so whether pacifist or warrior we must support on another.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Darling Til you get it and share it and Yahoo to you. I need you!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      While for some our weapons might be prayer, supporting others in good deeds is a necessity regardless. Supporting our troops with prayers, money, praise, any way we can because as you said not all of us can do that.

      Its all about loving each other and supporting each other in all that we do.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, thank you. Funny you mention that picture because during the time I wrote this article -- that cute little boy was acting up and causing conflict ;-) Although I must say around here that gives me pause to stop and lecture about getting along --- poor kid, having to listen to his dad lecture, that is like doing hard time.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, this article deserves very high rating, because of its very relevant them of cooperation and support among humans, and because of the good presentation. I have a feeling that I might want to borrow that picture of you and your son.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jodah ---- that there is just love shining through you to me. Wow what a gift you have. Let me help polish it. You are a master. I learn from masters and grow. You give me growth. That talent is amazing, and I thank you.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I think most of us try to fight injustice and abuse as best we can Eric, with the different "weapons" we have been blessed with. Youe are successful doing it your way which some may at times see as confronting, but it works and makes an impact, so I admire your approach. Mine is different but as I'm sure you can tell from my writing still effective. I have noticed many other hubbers who are fighting different fights on here, but equally successful. As long as we support each others different approaches to make the world a better place...we can't be defeated. Great hub, I've got your back.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh I think there are many peaceful warriors. I think that often it is sad but a good man will fight of demons and work 40 years straight just to take care of his family and because he knows no other way. That is a peaceful warrior.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Balance and harmony. Have strong boundaries. Practice peace when possible but stand up for what's right. Be courageous. Is there such a thing as a peaceful warrior? I think so.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wrench my Biscuit you bring music to my ears. I must admit I have adult children that love to slap me awake and I thank goodness for it.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 3 years ago

      It is not possible to publish "too many" articles such as this.If every writer on Hubpages published one a day,it would still not be enough.Children and teenagers are inundated on a daily basis with useless steams of information.Articles such as this can only help.Mikey likes it!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      victoria it is kind of fun here. If someone writes at HP with any consistency and volume they are thinking people, so probably reasonable, logical and ethical --- maybe not the same as ours -- but that is called diversity and I love it. But out there....

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Funny enough, we were just talking about this last night at dinner. The world is not filled with reasonable, logical, ethical people that want others to smile and feel good about themselves. It's just a fact; one that those of us that are just have to learn to deal with. Nice article!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Every day we are lucky to be alive and so every day we must do our part. Thanks Bill, have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Our country is eating itself alive and the conflict must end. Work towards solutions and quit the nitpicking. Right on brother!