The Beagle in the North

“Love is patient, slow to anger, imagines no mischief, rejoices not in injustice but delights in justice, love defends all, love believe all, love hopes all, love bears all…” from the Gospel of Peace.

I am a beagle, friendly and curious by nature as my famous counterpart, Snoopy. I have taken a willing stance in the eternal duel between fear and love.  I have moved to the north of my island to be with my favorite beagle in the whole world. Among the wolves, might say the spinsters, the hoosiers of the Indian country and all other well wishers. Aaron Beck, in his book “Prisoners of hate” argues that we are engulfed and entrapped by the distorted image we hold of our enemies. We tend to dehumanize them in order to hold the moral high ground. That sounds oddly familiar, perhaps the U.S military have read the same book as a beagle. In order to be fair on the Americans we should mention Janus the two faced god of the Romans. Whenever there was a war being waged a fire was burning in his altar. In all the centuries the empire reigned a fire was burning for all but a few decades. It makes sense to assume that in our evolutionary history we have been conditioned to use hate as a necessity for survival. Hate that springs from fear for our own survival. There is hope though as research conducted has shown that as we can learn to experience hopelessness without reacting, we can also learn how to be optimistic. We can learn to walk out the door and out of our cage.  It is a choice, a conscious one away from fear towards a new understanding. Hicks, the comedian political commentator says” we can change anytime we want, it is only a choice, no effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close off. The eyes of love see all of us as one.” I am a beagle it is easy for me to see love I have no religion, no language and no country. Love is easy for me.

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