I will not fight.

I’ve got to stop paying such close attention to the news and current events. I can’t handle it. It’s accomplishing nothing but making me perpetually pissed, and it’s affecting the way I treat my wife and also others who are far less important to me.

What good does it do me to pore over the comments on news stories and anger myself? I can’t make ignorant people stop being ignorant. I can’t change the fact that a madman is stoking the already raging fires of hatred in this nation and taking pride in it. He’s gonna do what he’s gonna do. If I let hatred take over me, he wins. His own wickedness will be his undoing. I can’t let him drag me down with him. If something super important happens, I’ll hear about it. I don’t need to sweat the deets.

Remember when Luke Skywalker cast his lightsaber aside at the end of Return of the Jedi and refused to give in to hatred? Well, up to this point, my mood has been stuck on the scene just prior to that in which he’s mindlessly and angrily bashing away at Vader.

That’s what the world wants me to be like. I can hear the laughter; that voice telling me “Good. Give in to your hatred.”

I’m looking down at my mechanical hand and realizing what I’m turning into, and I don’t like it. That’s not me. That’s what the forces of evil want me to be.

No. Just no.

You’ve failed, your highness. Love wins. I will spread love and positivity as far and wide as I have the ability to, and your darkness shall not prevail. You will not turn me into you.

My dad, who was taken by the virus that so many are now calling a hoax, was a lifelong firefighter. He didn’t fight fires with fire, he fought them with water. Fire just makes more fire, just as hatred begets hatred.

Not good enough for you? How about a quote from Jesus Christ? To put this in context, Peter has just hacked off the ear of one of the Centurions who’d come to arrest Jesus.

Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. –Matthew 26:52

All three references mean the same thing, so take your pick. It’s called universal truth and that’s why it pops up again and again and again in religion and popular culture. It’s not some trite thing to say–it’s truth. You know deep down in your bones that it is. Hate is not good.

Hatred and conflict make me sick. They make us all sick. They make us sick in our bodies and our brains. It’s why people have deluded themselves into believing a $1 mask is a mind control device. They hate so much that they don’t know what’s what anymore. Let go of your hatred. Or don’t, but know this: hatred is weakness.

As a kid, I didn’t understand Obi-Wan Kenobi’s line to Vader just before he died. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” I get it now.

I will always stand up for what’s right and stand against what is evil. But I will not become evil to do so. So go ahead; do your best to strike me down. You will fail and love will be victorious.

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