The Letter Killeth Part 7
All about the Problems of Speaking Up
The world could indeed be conquered by goodness and reason might prevail if we knew what goodness was. To rule, they (whoever "they" are) must at all costs keep us in the dark, away from such potent knowledge.
project an environmental ego eco-system in which you live and grow and have
your being. The moment you speak up, everyone sees where you are coming from
and the battle lines of fiendship or friendship are drawn. Standing up for what
is right tends to destroy the wrong basis of your existence.
you fail to speak up, you remain in a supportive ecological relationship with
what is wrong and that relationship, in turn, supports what is wrong in you.
You are unable to develop mentally, emotionally and physically to the state of
perfection for which you were originally created.
up changes into enemies those who may have appeared to be friends and it causes
a new element of stress, pain and persecution to appear which calls out of you
the proper measure of virtue to deal with all the pressure. Standing up for
what is right tends to destroy the wrong basis of your existence.
inner light which illuminates reality and spurs you to speak up will answer
your need to cope with an endless source of patience and courage. The Scripture
expresses this idea perfectly: "Blessed are you when men shall revile you
and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my
sake...for great is your reward in heaven”. Something new and blessed happens
that could not otherwise exist.
possessing the unselfishness to speak up (in a timely way), you set yourself at
variance with the force with which you were once in agreement. You not only
threaten egos and throw out a challenge to them but you also put a distance
between you and others. You are like a spy in the camp who has suddenly been
discovered. People change and hostility becomes your new environment. They
don't know this but they are really doing you a favor in providing the stress
you must have to grow up in a secret and special way. Yet this very stress is
what you have been trying to avoid by catering to it and yielding to its
friendly is the psychotic's cowardly, subtle way of trying to
"control" the fierce adversary but how can you live in agreement with wrong and expect to develop strong character? Can a bull-fighter expect to
be friends with the bull and still hope to be a matador? Once he has declared
that the bull is his adversary, the matador is in a position to call up the
necessary strength and skills to win. Danger is to courage what temptation is