“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s hard not to feel like we’re living in a time of energetic extremes. The pendulum is shifting wildly between the dark and light—back and forth, back and forth in an attempt to find equilibrium.
Nine people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC before our government leaders felt the political climate was favorable to speak against the flying of the confederate flag at their state house. Most Americans had no idea that the confederate flag was flown by a state government. I know I didn’t. I figured it was reserved as window decals on lifted trucks in the Deep South, you know, as a back drop to a gun rack. I never dreamed that it was displayed in any official capacity. It took an act of hate to get the dialog going, but it is going and I am certain that flag will fall. That is a good thing; a small spark of light during the darkest of events. There are other sparks of light though. There are many beautiful images of people coming together in Charleston to pray, support and encourage each other to hold fast to the light. There are daily declarations of peace and a united sense of togetherness that many of us haven’t felt in some time.
Earlier this week I watched an interview with Malala Yousafzai, the 17 year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking in favor of educating girls. She survived her attack and has since become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and works tirelessly to bring education to girls internationally; one terrible event that brought awareness to the world.
Last month, I attended the March Against Monsanto. This was a precarious year. President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could have meant environmental disaster through increased fracking, poorly regulated manufacturing, and could have made it illegal for the US to approve GMO labeling. It would have given chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow and DuPont free reign to sue any city or state for regulating them assuming that regulation affected their profits (of course any regulation arguably would). Things seemed bleak at the time of the march but Americans were paying attention, even if they were more concerned about jobs moving overseas, they were paying attention and they stood up. Thank goddess for it, because though the TPP hasn’t died for good (yet), it received a hard blow when Democrats voted against their own president to stop it from being fast-tracked. The TPP is boring and complicated and I really didn’t think American would pay attention. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
It seems, regardless of what madness is thrown at us, we find our way to the light. We are resilient and optimistic. We have hope. It’s encouraging to see this as we move into the Age of Aquarius; the age of enlightenment where many of us will waken to the light and live in a way that is in harmony with our natural state.