Action/ReAction

Action/ReAction
By Bree Ervin

have you ever noticed
the way
our actions
reflect our fears
reflect our actions
create their fears…

like the way that
people
who are afraid
of gay marriage
being imposed
on them
seem to think
they have the
right
to impose
straight marriage
on the world.

like the way that
men
who are afraid
of women
taking over
seem to think
they have the
right
to exert
dominance
over women.

like the way that
white people
who cross the road
because they are
afraid
of black people
walking toward them
seem to think
they have the
right
to make
black people
feel afraid
for being black
in public.

most of the time
most of the people
who act
in charge
who are
afraid
to let go
of the whip
don’t seem to
realize
what they are
most afraid of
is themselves.

perhaps instead of
imposing
our fear
on others
we should
consider
the Golden Rule
and not
act
in ways that
make us afraid
that others will
treat us
as we treat them.

perhaps
if you are
afraid that
your power
will be turned
against you
by the people
you are
holding down
consider
what would happen
if you used
your power to
lift them up
instead.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Action/ReAction

  1. Rebecca Visscher

    Fantastic!!

    On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM, ThinkBannedThoughts Blog wrote:

    > thinkbannedthoughts posted: “Action/ReAction By Bree Ervin have you ever > noticed the way our actions reflect our fears reflect our actions create > their fears… like the way that people who are afraid of gay marriage > being imposed on them seem to think they have th” >

  2. Lisa

    I love this! So well said.

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