Doing Unto Ourselves
Social Darwinism provides a pretext for conflict. People believe that they have to fight. We live in exceptionally dangerous times. The work that I am doing is considered to be exceptionally dangerous by dangerous parties. In teaching people to love themselves, you make them more powerful. In the interval between their assumption of power and their realization that neither love nor power has allegiance to history, they have an opportunity to sustain history.
I've survived as long as I have because the dangerous parties believe that they can squish me any time they want. They recognize that I am attempting to minister to extremely powerful social tensions. Those tensions generate powerful emotions, and emotions are easy to manipulate. When I fight, I rarely am engaged directly with my opponents. They employ proxies.
But one advantage of having no fear is that you accumulate the respect of others, and distract the attention of your opponents from other matters. Most of my proponents are still in the shadows, watching, waiting and formulating a judgment.
I do fight, but using different rules. I donate the opponents' energy to other people. I refuse to subscribe to their vision of eternal conflict. When they cannot make their hostility stick to me, they become afraid that I'm stronger than they are, and their energy is formed by their imaginings. Finally, I'll find the disorderly allies and let them know that someone is producing for them. Moving up the energy gradient, they enjoy a free lunch.
My opponents like to blame me for all of this. Well - if you'd stop doing what you're doing, then there'd be no ill-will for you to hurt yourself with.
Control is only important to those that lack self-control.