Moving beyond disrespect and respect
All though it is true that division and boundary is necessary in order to make things functional and practical, for example a society, is the division on itself also an illusion many fall prey for. Without seeing the bigger picture of a system we define what is true by the narrow mindedness of our current perspective without considering a higher or more well-rounded perspective. For example, it is impossible to wage wars when there is not a clear distinction between foe and ally, but is there really such a distinction to begin with? It may be true that one party violated the other, and that reconciliation is, therefore, necessary, but this is often not even the case. Oftentimes it is simply the projection of our own shadows upon others that is causing great negativity, anxiety and war. This is foolish off course, since you are then fighting an enemy which is merely your own expressed or projected inner devil.
The beauty of differences in culture, character, traditions, lifestyles etc, brings along the inherent danger of conflict and war between those differences, hence the reason probably why the globalization project has such a strong animo and why so many beautiful differences are ‘conquered’ and ‘destroyed’. How can we as a global species ever live in peace when there are so many differences that can be disrespected of? You cannot be truly unconditional towards your fellow men if you don’t truly understand these differences and learn to accept them as they are without the need to conquer them. You can be highly disrespectful of lazy people, but only because you are not respecting the lazy part of yourself, you can be highly disrespectful of gay men, but only if you don’t respect the feminine side of yourself. So there is really no need to be angry, spiteful and disrespectful about those who are expressing your own inner demons, because being angry about this is a sign of your own neglect for self-acceptance and self-love. Not to mention that you shouldn’t hold you boundaries when true darkness dims the light in your life, but being disrespectful, angry and judgmental about it, won’t help either party evolve and grow. Therefore, showing compassion for those who are possessed by their shadow sides can greatly enhance their sense of equanimity. It’s an elemental truth that water cools fire, but paradoxically fire can also extinguish fire. So depending upon the context one can choose an appropriate respons in seeking the balance of opposites.
Those who are possessed by dark powers, are oftentimes lost, confused and suffer in their own ignorance. Why disrespect them if they are already in such a dark spot and may need just a little bit of light to climb out of their rut.
This knowledge understood can bring the strangers of strangers together in harmony, the extraordinary and ordinary in companion.
All the best,