Whither Erehwon

Views of the world while on the journey to Erehwon

Day Trip to the Dark Side

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“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Yoda – Starwars

Guess what, the little guys right, but then he usually was.

Why do we hate, putting it simply, because we’re afraid.

Why are we afraid ? Because something or someone is different, looks different, behaves different, or is in some way a threat (real or imaginary). Basically it or they stand out, or are marked out in some way by society, and we perceive the threat as a danger to ourselves, our families, or our way of life.

And because we don’t like living in fear we lash out in anger, and because the anger can’t be sustained indefinitely it soon evolves into hate, becoming stronger as time passes.

If the target doesn’t defend itself, then the hatred is because we realize that what we’re doing is wrong, but we rationalize our actions as defending our selves, our way of life. and that somehow the target deserves what’s coming to it. BUT, if the target dares to defend itself, then obviously, we were right in what we’re doing, after all we just beat them to the punch didn’t we.

An example that is in motion as I type this, is the 99% against the 1%.


The 1%, who’s only care seems to be for enriching themselves, along with attempting to control society, are putting at risk the livelihoods of the families and workers of the countries of the world

This is being perceived as a threat by the people ( FEAR )…


…The 99% in the form of the Occupy Movement protest ( ANGER ), the 1% seeing a threat, retaliate using the police and other means within their control, this ramps up the anger of the 99%…


…which turns to HATE and will eventually turn to violence.

Now, as things at present are deteriorating around the world in a seemingly endless cascade of financial depression and debt, we should remember the fears that we all have about this period of financial instability are illusionary in nature, nothing in our worldwide society has physically changed, the ONLY change has been the apparent value of things, I say apparent value, because it all depends upon how much YOU the current owner values it – To a thirsty man in the middle of a desert, a cup of water would be almost beyond price, but to that same person sitting at home, that same cup of water would be practically worthless, if all they had to do is run a tap to get it.

That money that people are putting such a high value on, is just a mix of paper & cloth( I bet most of you didn’t know that papers to fragile), and the coins just pieces of metal. As to the money in the banks, that’s just numbers in a computer, if the numbers change in my account, my value doesn’t change. If my account decreases in size, I don’t shrink, nor do I get taller or fatter should the numbers go up.

If your wondering what FEAR, ANGER and HATE and a seemingly endless slide down to the DARK SIDE have to do with money, just look at the news concerning Greece, Spain and the European Banks

Please feel free to comment, I would welcome your input, though I cannot guarantee that I’ll agree with with it


One thought on “Day Trip to the Dark Side

  1. Hello David…
    Rather a deep subject and sooh very true, I only wish people would stop thinking happiness is material wealth or that being different is to be feared… All in all, loved it and keep with the words of wisdom my friend xx

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