It is sometimes the case that certain words or phrases quickly find their way into our lexicon due to their poignancy and precision. For example, following the O.J. Simpson trial, the phrase â€œrush to judgmentâ€ became the watch-phrase for drawing precipitous conclusions. Â Â The phrase remains over-usedÂ to this day (in my opinion) but presents no particular harm.
Such is not the case with â€œDay of Rage.â€ In the past thirty days, usage of the phrase has spread from Cairo, Egypt to Iran, Bahrain, Tunisia and most recently Madison Wisconsin.Â Unlike â€œRush to Judgmentâ€ these words bear significant harm.
In my just released inspirational book, The Lightworkerâ€™s Handbook: Â A Spiritual Guide To Eliminating Fear, (also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble) there is a supplemental â€œEnglish To Spirit Dictionaryâ€ where I define words and phrases for the new paradigm.Â Because language is one of the ways we share information, we need to communicate with words that honor what we believe in and support how we intend to live our lives.
If change is what the world seeks at this moment in time, is it really through rage that we choose to achieve it?Â Is rage what we want to call our approach to transcending the limitations of the past? Â Is rage what we really want the message to be?
Throughout human history, there have always been individuals and groups skilled at manipulating others through fear and violence.Â In Egypt this past week, it was two hundred â€œpro-democracyâ€ demonstrators who violently and repeatedly assaulted and raped a female CBS reporter. Those individuals were easily moved to commit brutal acts of aggression because they were already engaged in a movement based upon and identified by rage.
If change is what we seek, and I believe it is, then let us move in that direction with the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of several thousand years.Â Violence, which includes violent language, is a brutal means to what will be a brutal end.Â Because whether you power over something, such as a nation, through physical force â€¦ or over someone, such as a spouse, with verbal abuse â€¦ all that you accomplish is the sowing of seeds of resentment and hatred that inevitably lead to violence in return.
If citizens of the world seek to designate days to express their concerns, may I suggest global â€œDays of Voiceâ€ as a viable alternative.Â Where humanity winds up will be a direct result of not only where we choose to go but, most definitely, how we choose to get there.Â Personally I want to wind up having a voice in my countryâ€™s future and in my own life as well.
Not raging about them.