By now, every civilized person who has ever been to a counselor or read a self help book knows: the emotion behind anger is fear.
Fear drives anger.
And, anger is usually expressed as aggression.
Hence, aggressive behavior is fear-based.
Sometimes that fear is rooted in a need to protect self, or those loved by self, or things owned and treasured by self.
Other times, that fear is rooted in a perceived threat to power or control.
But, fear is at the root. And, the consequent behavior is: aggression, sometimes brutal.
Enter the system of control in place to enforce laws intended to maintain order.
If there is fear driving a threat to a loss of that system of control, those in place to enforce its laws will behave aggressively.
The result: police officers, on the offensive. Ready to use their power, aggressively.
I believe that, in America, white police officers are afraid of black people, and black people are afraid of white police officers. Now, fear drives both. And, the behavior of both has become aggressive.
Those with official power behave aggressively; those who feel powerless behave passive-aggressively. Both are simply afraid of the other.
In America, white people who are afraid of black people were taught to be afraid of those they do not know. Black people were taught the same thing. Many white people who actually know black people, and many black people who actually know white people, have established trust one with another. And, even love.
And, I was taught that perfect love casts out fear.
Jimmy Carter should be consulted, and others like him should be running our country. Individuals with genuine compassion for the downtrodden, the powerless, and the fearful.
We need to start over. As simplistic as it sounds, we need to dig up our forgotten ability to pour out authentic love for one another. If we do not, we are doomed to destroy ourselves.
And, all because of being scared to death.
© Ruth Ann Scanzillo 9/24/16 Please share. Thank you.