“A soft answer turns away wrath
But a harsh words stirs up anger.”
The sound of a bird’s song will rarely cause the hearer to feel uneasy. When birds sing, they echo their joy into the wind and sky. If their cry rings forth as distress, it is because they feel under attack by a predator or they are warning others that danger is nearby. And so their sound mimics the emotion of the atmosphere around them.
Such is the nature of human response. It very often mimics the emotional nature of the surrounding atmosphere, as well.
So why the harsh word of another?
Sometimes humans feel the need to constantly attack in case their surrounding aura or armour appears to disclose a vulnerable chink. And if they continuously function on the offensive, many believe they will never need to function of the defensive.
Much of the human population behaves like a tortured dog. When a person approaches, the dog growls, bares its teeth and exhibits the signs meant to frighten the potential attacker away. Many humans respond like this when innocent bystanders attempt to strike up a casual conversation. Others, whom we may think we know very well, will respond the same for no apparent reason; such is the nature of their fear and sense of vulnerability.
Then there are those who simply feel so insignificant that they always have a need to reduce anyone, whom they are in contact with, to a pile of rubble: deflated, broken and beaten. Often the abuser has totally forgotten the circumstances which engendered this behaviour within themselves.
Whatever the reason, aggression—whether by acts or words—is not a fun thing to be on the receiving end of.
Our world is filled with discontent, sorrow, confusion, frustration, rage, disappointment and a myriad of other negative emotions. On a daily basis, one can be exposed to any number of events, words and visual activity which can thoroughly destabilize any individual.
For peace and harmony to be restored to both the population and the aura of this planet, it is necessary for the citizenry to learn to neutralize those negative energies.
When you are approached with potentially un-nerving behaviour and words, Christ’s instructions to ‘turn the other cheek’ may be your best option in the long run. This does not mean letting another beat you to death, this simply means letting the attack die in front of you, rather than in you. That can be done simply by turning away from the offender or refusing to enter into the battle, for it takes two to make a fight.
Sometimes, all that is needed, to neutralize the situation, is a kind word. The upset individual may be merely having a bad day, and your response of sympathy or empathy, may allow them to vent their otherwise internalized distress in a constructive way, to someone who is willing to listen and offer a kind and caring word.
It is important to understand that peace, though a seed of the Godhead, must be planted and nurtured to grow, and it can grow very quickly if shared with another soul and fertilized with compassion.
So the next time words of wrath come toward you, let the softness of a compassionate heart be your reply. Always strive to grow harmony around you, not just within you. Fill your mouth with words of understanding and kindness.
Be the peace you wish to see in the world.