The Pacifist

My weapon is not
A sword or a gun.
My offense is not even
A sharpened tongue.
So when I feel triggered,
And I pull out my defenses,
The weapon I reach for,
Is my rose colored lenses.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2019

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“I plead with you to control your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase anger; speak out with words of love and peace, appreciation, and respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without regret. Your marriages and family relationships will be preserved. You will be much happier. You will do greater good. You will feel a sense of peace that will be wonderful.” By: Gordon B. Hinckley

“When you start understanding the science and psychology of hate, you begin to realize that there are numerous complex reasons for your hatred towards people. In an ideal world, we would love and respect everyone we interact with. Everyone will be compassionate, emphatic, generous, considerate and kind. We will accept each other’s views no matter how opposing they may be to ours and would learn from different perspectives. But reality is far from ideal. And this is perhaps why we often get upset, angry and annoyed with others.” Excerpt from 5 Reasons Why You Hate People According To Psychology

“People don’t (stop hating) because a veil lifts and they are suddenly able to see hate for what it is…They leave because it makes sense for them, because the value hate once gave them has diminished or evaporated…The reality is, people rarely change their personality or ideals during adulthood, and if they do, it needs to be something they do on their own, for themselves…I realized much too late that (hate) is a huge waste of life.” By: Corinna Olsen

“In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” By: Brennan Manning

“Woke and cancel culture are both signs of a judgmental culture, not a mentally mature one. A world where you cannot even speak to another person without worrying about what they are going to think of you, has not advanced much from the days when the white people used to own slaves. Let me tell you this, if you are kind, if you are compassionate, if you hold no discrimination towards people whatsoever, then you have no reason to worry about whether you are woke enough.” By: Abhijit Naskar

Cancel Culture definition: A way of behaving in society or a group, especially on social media, in which it is common to completely reject and stop supporting someone because they have said or done something that offends you. Cancel culture has its place—it helps to call out and remove problematic people from mainstream culture.
Let’s call cancel culture what it really is: It is our way to exert some control over a world that is increasingly becoming more dangerous and less tolerant.
In cancel culture, we appoint ourselves the arbiters of truth or right and wrong and also the judge and jury, because thanks to social media, we get to dole out punishment.
The main argument against cancel culture is that it doesn’t enable people who have wronged society the opportunity to apologize and learn from their mistakes. There is zero tolerance for bullying, bigotry and racism.

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