You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
All of us from time to time can feel that we are under attack, and this may be physical, verbal or spiritual.
Sometimes we may well be correct – people will attack us from time to time, this is just part of life.
But often our feeling of being under attack comes from our inner insecurity, rather than from a real threat.
Often =, when we are in a position of relative privilege over others, our instincts to protect our position cause us to see as an attack anything that challenges that power.
It may be that others have had a rough time, and are now trying to improve themselves, but we interpret this as an attack on our standards, and react accordingly.
We may see anyone with a different opinion than ours not as just another person trying to find truth, but as a threat to us – we feel that our very existence is under attack.
From an outsiders perspective, it is sometimes difficult to understand the vehemence with which some views are expressed, and other people vilified and viewed with contempt.
It seems that, hearing another persons views with respect – accepting that there may be more than one opinion on a matter – go completely out the window in these forms of “discussion”.
Indeed there is no discussion, only a louder and louder shouting of the set opinions of the person who feels under attack.
But in these things, we need to remember where the attack really comes from.
Because there should be a difference between attacking someone’s views, and personally attacking them as a person, and questioning their motives in having that view.
When we do this, we take on the position that we can never be wrong – that we are infallible and what we think at this moment is the final answer.
Often, the attack we feel is actually an internal battle between our sense of us as fallible human beings, and our desire to appear right.