James Baldwin and Yoda

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin

I keep chewing on this quote. It’s so similar this Yoda wisdom – “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Whenever I encounter an angry or hateful person, I go back to this thinking. That pain and fear are the foundation for anger and hate. I ask myself what is making them so sad and fearful. What happened to them or what are they going through right now.

It’s a helpful thought exercise and makes me more compassionate and forgiving when I feel like spitting back at them.

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