The news is full of stories about threats, bloodshed, and revenge. There are people who are unable to get along with other people, and they drag innocents into their madness. Wars, gang fights, tribal skirmishes, and individual anger explosions—all lead to upheaval and cruelty. Other causes of upheaval and cruelty are incorrect beliefs of superiority and deservedness.
Today, I was thinking about how our lives are so manipulated by the violence and intimidation around us. My thoughts reminded me of a song that ABBA released in 1981 on their album The Visitors named “The Soldiers”. Here is a part from the chorus:
Soldiers write the songs that soldiers sing
The songs that you and I won’t sing
Let’s not look the other way
Taking a chance
‘Cause if the bugler starts to play
We too must dance
And here is the song:
The message from Spiritual Presence: the drive to control is controllable. People are imbued with a desire to possess and to condescend – and – with a sense of justice. These innate, conflicting urges are influenced by family and society. The less control of the desires for more, the less moderation in life and in the world. People can overcome their desires for more by focusing on equality.