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Enemy or Supreme Teacher?

Updated on November 25, 2015

Opposition, not Hate

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Love Thine Enemy

9:15: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed."

4:7: "and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door: and unto thee shall be its desire: but do thou rule over it."

There are two enemies we must deal with on a daily basis:

1.The enemies of the peaceful world we wish to live in

2.Our own private demons that cry for attention, and have the means to destroy our personal, inner peace

Ah, the enmity of others...that eternal and frustrating enemy! The enemy of our desire for peace. The enemy of our desire for what we would like to see happen in this world. The enemy of our world-view and hopes for our future. How to deal with it? Anger? Lashing out? the childish stages, which admittedly, I live in for much of the time. But yesterday my friend told me how foolish this was, and described his way of dealing with enmity: Pause, take a step back, weigh your options. Is it worth it to get into this fight? What will be gained by it?

Is that possible in the heat of anger? Or maybe I should ask, why the anger? For Carlos Casteneda has this to say: "To be angry at people means that one considers their acts to be important. It is imperative to cease to feel that way." Hmmm, I like that one! Because really, what power do they have but that which you give them? But... would knowing that stop me from lashing out in a fit of anger....?

The Tao te Ching says something like this; "Give the enemy nothing to be angry over, and the enemy will dissappear on its own." I like that one too. It brings to mind two Samurai warriors in a battle--the goal being to avoid the blows of the other, more than in dealing the blows itself. Calm, cool, detached. But still...will that stop the wave of anger from lashing out?

No, I'm afraid the advice of my friend and the second verse posted here is the only way to go: Do thou rule over it! Step back, take hold of your emotions. Act, not react.

For, in actuality, our enemies can turn out to be our best allies. Our enemies can become our best teachers.

For they force us to hone our opinions down to a crisp. They force us to crystallize our feelings to a sharp point of clarity. They force us to define exactly what it is we mean to say. And that is a good thing.

So, in the spirit of the Samurai warrior, I say thank you to the enmity that has been put between us; it is teaching us to rule over it!

Thank You, My Friend

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    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      37 hours ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Ifyou pluck a chicken, one feather at a time,

      no one notices.

      Benito Mussolini

      Take note, and don’t forget Jamal Khashoggi "

      --Luna Lovegood

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Oh, GOOD point.

      “Imagine hating Hillary & not voting for her & disrupting the Kavanaugh hearing like you didn’t know what the fk would happen to SCOTUS if Hillary lost.”

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Funny, where was everybody back when Hillary told it all.? Not one dem stood up with her then......not one far lefter. They poopooh her. But she knew, and she tried to tell you. Oh my, the god awful lying corrupt creature b*tch witch child molesting satanist is far more patriotic than any of you.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Really, this is so dumb. Since the fbi released info about hillary, not trump, who were they biased against???

      And how come chaffetts faced no penalty for tweeting classified info???

      If u cant figure it out, you are dumber than you sound.

      Dumb and dumbest. Dumpy dummy don.

      Your total iq is 60. *a little Trump humor*

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      5 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      NPR uses Kaspersky software .....they announced it as full disclosure while doing a story on Russia.

      They are compromised by Russia, as is the whole of the GOP.

      Democrats are compromised by Israel.

      America is anything but free.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      9 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Dear superior humans....

      Reproducing is not a "right". Its a natural function of this planet. Every single species does it. Every.

      And the male is not superior to the female. Think black widow. Think lioness.

      Just effing think at all, would you?

      Animals love. Animals nurture. Animals kill. Plants communicate. Ants and bees have highly regimented societys.

      Its humans who kill for hate and spite. Power and control. Humans who destroy the natural environment for monetary gain.

      Whoever told you that this is ok is an a-1 idiot!!!


    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      12 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Guy at work was listening to rush limbaugh yesterday.

      What did i hear? "The deep state". Against trump.


      I wonder if rush knows how deep Russia's state goes?

      Or is he paid by them, too?

      The deepest state is the fear of speaking up against power. Trump smear team will getya!

      Kind of like his pal bibi does. Speak against his barbaric regime and get labeled...lose your job.....get kicked off forums.....

      The deep state can be good or evil. Im banking on the good ones to get this fascist clown out of the power he stole.

      But the deepest fear is speaking out. Corker said so. Hes only talking now cause he doesnt have a job to lose.

      Its pathetic. The thought police in full force.

      Oh and say....any idea why "mr outsider" was at the white house with henry kissinger?????

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      13 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Harvard professors are being arrested for their opposition to the rescinding of daca.

      This brings me back to the 1970's, when colleges were the moral compass of american values.


    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      15 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      So i guess all the kathy griffin accusers dont care that trump retweeted a video of a fake trump beating up a cnn reporter?

      And they dont care that the reporter who found the tweeter was threatened, and his kids threatened as well?

      Violence. Trump loves it. And hes not alone. Anyone see that new nra ad? Its basically advising people to take up arms against "the liberal elite"!!

      Keep at it. Youll have the "revolution" you crave. And in the end, maybe you will see how wrong you have been....promoting violence and your selfish me only politics.

      Boooo to the enth degree

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      16 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "The silencing of the Hillary clinton supporters"--

      The medias obsession with the white populist narrative serves two purposes:

      Telling women who supported hillary they dont matter, and exonerating itself from being culpable for her loss--

      Lisa solod


      I always think of mika utterly disdainful she was of clinton. And ooooh, look at trump! Look at sanders!

      Turns out she pals w trump, and her daughter was a big bernie fan.

      Amd now, they all act like we need to shut up, cause she lost.

      Umm, no. She won popular vote, and election was stolen by durty trix.

      Shes true blue dem. Not any shade of trump orange at all.

      Shows you who media is....far right for trump, or farther left for sanders.

      Clinton supporters are treated like intruders in their own party, smh.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Why and when exactly did Donald Trump decide to run for office? Well, according to Frontline’s upcoming election special it was the moment he was “filleted” by President Barack Obama during a White House Correspondents Dinner.

      Both Omarosa Manigault, Trump’s director of African-American outreach, and Trump advisor Roger Stone claim that the real estate mogul was so humiliated that he decided to run for president.

      Omarosa, who was in attendance that evening, recalled thinking: “Oh, Barack Obama is starting something that I don’t know if he’ll be able to finish.”

      “I think that is the night that he resolves to run for president,” Stone said in another interview during the “Frontline” special. “I think that he is kind of motivated by it, ‘Maybe I’ll just run. Maybe I’ll just show them all.'”

      According to Omarosa, Obama’s public mockery was so embarrassing that Trump became determined to become POTUS.

      “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump,” she said. “It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      wait, so now all of you who have slammed obama for obama care and for being a tyrant will now treat trump like a hero for bucking the republicans in congress?

      what kind of bull is that????

      why not call obama the hero for doing it 8 years!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Don't worry about people rejecting you. That's the real unkindness found here. Example, this new site they are creating, first thing I saw was some lady wanting to be reassured about who can't get in. The horrible, awful ones.

      This lady, btw, thinks Obama is the antichrist!

      Another one they let in spews hatred towards muslims, Obama, Hillary Clinton on a daily basis. If this is creativity, I'll take mundane any day.

      Its just another exclusionary club. A continuance of the exclusion they think they are victim off!

      Don't worry about rejection. Believe in you, the rest aren't worthy!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      You'd think you'd stop reading after the 1st one you hated....are you a masochist? Lolol

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    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      What, there's a dem debate tonight?

      Well lordy, here's our chance to do it.

      Let's go....see what they're made of.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Stalking is one thing....contacting others and telling them not to engage with you is a whole other ball game.

      A whole different breed of cat, if you will.


    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Realllly interesting! Read! The Last Refuge....

      Saying things libs have been pointing out for years!!!

      Now that conservs are fighting for one of their own, they can admit the corruption that they always denied. In fact, derided anyone who even suggested it.

      Much like the race between Dems....honesty vs corruption, but reality vs pie-in-the-sky

      Have we reached the tipping point?

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Its so funny how people are when they like a candidate....was listening to Rense and Wiedner. Amazed how much they like Trump

      The way they talk about him as if hes savior. They say even though hes 1%, hes one of us. He knows Israel did 9/11, hes just stringing them along. Even though 2 of his kids married into wealthy Jewish families, he wont be afraid to tell the truth when the time comes. Even though hes meeting with Netanyahu on the 28th , its just to placate, to let Bibi know whose boss.

      They like the fact he told neocons like Adelson i dont need your money.

      Meanwhile, the fear and suspicion of Muslims continues unabated lead by Trump. Rense and Wiedner think by saying dancing Muslims celebrating, he was really talking about the dancing Israelis and sendind signal he knows......

      So you see, its all about perception. Those who liked Bush put positive motives to things he did. Those who like Obama do the same. Now Trump.

      My only question is....if he knows the truth, doesnt fear them, what is he waiting for?

      Rense and Wiedner think he is playing his business game on them...making the deal.

      They call him genius.

      Ill wait and see. Because someones must be salivating at all the money to be made rebuilding all the places on this Earth they have blown to smithereens.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Sooo--we want to talk about Obamas mom? How about Reagans wife Nancy?.....I read a book YEARS ago called The Emperor Has No Clothes...actually just perused it in the library, but it was quite interesting.

      Turns out Nancy Davis was well known in Hollywood for performing a certain sexual act....wonder if that's why Uncle Ronnie married her? Lol--just speculating, no harm done, right?

      And how about Laura Bush running over a guy when she was was ruled an accident, but you know she used to date him, right?

      My theory is they got her to marry GW by threatening to bring the case up again. Because back then, GW was a coke-head drunk. They needed Laura--a nice librarian as good wifey for his political career.

      Shall we delve into Jeb's daughter writing scripts for herself, back when she was an addict?

      Really, that is against the law.

      Cruz's there's a real wack job!

      Donald want a foreign-born first lady? Republicans? Really?

      I mean....if you want to go down the rabbit hole.....let's go!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      This is what I'm talking about...."an expert in infiltration and provocateur-type operations, getting groups of people to turn on each other and causing chaos inside the truth movement."

      ...and "In fact, it could even go as deep as the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security."

      Anyone who is a True Truther, from the beginning, knows that Israel was involved, and has as much sheer horror at Netanyahu as they do Bush and Cheney et al.

      If you support Bibi, you are NOT a Truther!

      "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,"

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Awesome! Check out #yallqueda and #yokelharam on twitter.....

      As they say......150 white men take over federal building with guns, threaten to use them, are called "peaceful"

      12 yr old black kid with toy gun shot dead within 2 seconds of cops arrival.

      What white privilege?

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Abortion has no business being an "issue"at all. It is inside a womans body, and as such is no oness business but hers. You dont like it, take it up with God.

      Rather than thinking you are god, or can speak for are woefully inadequate.

      Mind your business. Stick to your war, mass murder and guns....killing seems to be mans forte. Our babies you destroy!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Wow.....hubpages has lot in common with US universities!

      Palestinian student visited by police, and "due to many complaints", was asked to remove Palestinian flag from his window.

      But, Jewish student says, "they never asked me to take my Israeli flag down. Why single out him FOR A SPECIFIC AGENDA?"

      TruthOut: On US Campuses, Pro-Israel Groups Target Supporters of Palestinian Rights


      You see? And just like Israeli leaders are asking google and you tube to remove Palestinian videos of the reality of their about they stop the abuse, rather than try and stop the exposure of it??

      It's all upside down and backwards. Orwell.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Much props given to 2 men who used to fight w me on internet: thru them I have become informed!


      Prop Due 2 (Propganda Due)

      also Jim Morrison:

      "Whoever controls the media controls the mind"

      It's quite clear, the truth is hidden in a mountain of lies.

      Read between the's easy to see.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I wish Putin would save the Palestinians....

      my god--they will be massacred outright if no one does.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Dedicated his life to Jesus, and wants the president to be shot.....what kind of Jesus is this?

      my stomache hurts!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I can't believe some of the Hubbers here.

      Chastising Hubpages because you--"the community" don't like something.

      I was treated like crap by "the community"--and banned by HP. But I still have more respect for it than you do!

      Every now and then, you come across such a gem of writing and makes all the spam and bad grammar as important as a pimple on an elephants butt.

      Have a little humility......

      The world doesn't revolve around you......sorry

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Stuck in superiority-thinking....our butts are being handed to us.

      This is what comes from pride in jingoism, not real, honest behavior.

      "As the Pentagon remains self-absorbed in its 2002-concocted Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine, Russia and China counterpunch with full spectrum cooperation on politics, economics, finance, diplomacy and defense.

      The endgame – which will be the apex of the current New Great Game in Eurasia – is a new global geopolitical structure anchored on Eurasian integration."

      While we were screaming USA USA and fighting Israel's wars.....the rest of the world moved on without US.

      As always, ever and inescapable: What goes up, must come down, and you reap what you sow.

      Humility would be a good move, I think.

      Repentance as well.

      Truth and reconciliation for all the Rulers who have got us in this mess.

      Guess what? You're not invincible.

      And unfortunately, we all must go down with you.

      "Invading the landscape like roaches

      Culling decency from the dialogue

      YOU are a nat. A fly. Nothing but pestilence on the soul of this great country

      Do you pray to a God?

      You had better

      For, actions cannot be reversed

      Damage cannot be undone

      Only mitigated by the good will of people you so derisively call un-American

      Oh to be a fly on the wall of Judgement!

      Oh to see you finally get your just desserts!

      But alas, this wish can only be fulfilled to the detriment of us all......

      For, whether you know it or not, we all go down together

      YOU, in your infinite unwisdom, have set our destiny to fall"

      thanks for nada.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Did you ever wonder why Rabbis could have friendly meeting with Ahmadinejad?

      They are both against the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

      As am i....

      And against the occupation of my country, USA.


      Live all in peace.....what is this need for Domination?

      If we are all "free".......PROVE IT!

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well, this is something for the shrinks....

      I've been blogging since 2006. And always made my feeling known about the Bush regime.

      Couldn't stand it. Thought it was sadistic, brutal, embarrasment and a horror.

      And every time i made my feeling known, I was told "You hate America" " You don't support the troops" "If you don't like it, move somewhere else"

      Doesn't matter what website--the Cons were always the same rude and disrespectful towards me, JUST because I don't like Bush.

      I don't like Zionists either, and of course, am labeled a Jew-Hating anti-Semite.

      But just look at Cons now!

      Proud as Peacocks to tell the world how much they can't stand Obama!

      And you know what?......Never have I seen anyone tell them they hate America, don't support the troops, or tell them to move if they don't like it.

      Don't you wonder why Cons resort to those biting tactics, and no one else does? I do.

      I believe it's Superiority Complex, but I'm not a shrink.

      Gotta be some reason.

      So much so that they have to silence opposition....and always advocate war and military force for anyone stepping on their widdle toes.

      I all might think you're stalwart proud Americans, keeping traditions dear......

      But I think you have a serious mental problem.....and need help!

      Honestly, I'm only saying this for your own good.

      Search your souls.....before it's too late.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Hubpages does not have an ethical problem, it has a discriminatory problem.

      They treat people differently, based on allegiance or opposition to the clique.

      I posted 4 "attacks" on the myths of the "moral majority", and they all got removed from HP. zippo: gone

      Yet, one here gets accolades for her questions, which are always blatant attacks on Obama or Hillary Clinton.

      People here have said that liberals hate America......I've seen it numerous times!

      Never once do I see that comment removed.

      Obama is pictured as devil with blazing he is trying to destroy America.....that comment is never removed.

      Quoting Fox news and Rush Limbaugh, all who hate liberals....World Net Daily, whatever! no problemo

      But to claim that the right wing /republican/tea party is not morally superior.....

      Well, that's not allowed. At least not by me.


    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "3 Muslim college students killed in cold blood. No media attention or outrage" .......

      Can we call this murderer a terrorist....

      He's a white American male.....killing muslims.

      Terrorist,or no.

      He'll never be called that.....but that's what he is.

      Just like Operation Rescue.--targeting doctors and their families.Targeting patients....US citisens,G_D'it

      "Acceptable"terrorism...cause who owns the narrative!!!

      I cannot watch "news" at all's SUCH out and out propaganda.

      Thank God for internet...but if Congress has its will be all propaganda too.

      He who has access--aka:Money and Power, determines the "truth"

      I OBJECT!

      I REJECT!

      fighting the mind control

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "I’m going to say this and whoever can take it how he/she/they want:

      The problem here in the St. Louis area and in the entire country is that there is NOT an honest discussion about race. If we mention “white privilege”, we are then greeted with tales of how poor “white person x” was and how they had to work for everything in their lives. Even though this may be true, this says NOTHING about white privilege. We try to explain white privilege by telling white people that we are treated differently by society than whites are. We explain the inequalities in education, economics, law enforcement, police stops, arrests, searches, and other things. But they ignore us and tell us that we are “playing the race card” or being victims."

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Chinese people get it...they more American than we are!

      Using "hands up--don't shoot".....Just like Ferguson. Classic.

    • lovemychris profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie McCowen 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I think I served that purpose for my kids, LOL!!

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      Donna Suthard 

      7 years ago

      The only problem with anger, is it robs you of your health, and energy!! I prefer to remain calm, after living with furious people in my life..They were great teachers for what not to do..

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      Leslie McCowen 

      8 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Thank you Raging Bull. Self-control is alwyas the key, isn't it?

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      Raging Bull 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      There are worthy enemies and then there are Rogues who go beyond the scope of being human. People who would do anything to others in the name of greed, power and dominion.

      Personally I am a Warrior and will always strike at those that dare to betray humanity.

      Anger used in the fight for good is always worthwhile anger that can be harnessed and used to win against such rogues of humanity.

      Thanks for sharing your hub with us. Excellent work.

      Warm Regards

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      Leslie McCowen 

      8 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes. Righteous anger is very useful...and does sharpen your point of view to a diamond...

      Plus, there are a lot of people who try to say it is not so bad...when we know it is!

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      8 years ago

      At times I would agree with you; when we, our family, or our country's well being is at stake, we should use the anger to protect those things. I have been an angry person for a long time with good reason, which I will not mention here, but I became a better person when I learned to accept the anger as a natural part of self-defense and to redirect that important fuel into positive action. Passion controlled by intellect is a sharp weapon and a worthy one when used to defend the innocent or innocence.


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