Isn't it just like peace to start a war?
I think it's ironic - yet predictable - that an entry entitled Peace (with a question mark nonetheless) would evoke such rage. Everyone will always have opposing views. No matter how peaceful I try to live my life, there's always that dichotomy. Duality. Again, it's an opportunity for me to choose ... love or fear.
I can look at this as a reflection. I thought for sure the peace sign would stir up anger [even if it were on an economy car, or my bike or skateboard - some means of transportation other than a gas-guzzler]. But according to one commenter, it doesn't matter what symbol or message I choose to put on my SUV. [small, bottom of the line, 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive SUV that is]. Still the SUV alone becomes the rageful symbol.
I'll admit - I even said it the other night - when I see that big ole peace sign as I approach my car, it makes me a little nervous. It's a bold statement. It's a big label to wear - scary. It makes me think about who I am and what I believe. It reminds me that I'm accountable for my own actions. I know what the symbol means for ME. And that's all that matters. But there is definitely a stereotype that goes along with that symbol - with any symbol.
Think about what comes to mind when we see symbols such as a Fish or an Om or a Rainbow, just to name a few. Even the American Flag stirs emotions. That's not even mentioning symbols that are known for evoking rageful emotions - i.e., the swastika.
But, there is free speech - and this is my message. As Donna commented: "good thing we have freedom of speech hey?!!" Yeah. It really is.
I make no apologies for the SUV I drive. I love the safe feeling driving in the city. I love the reliability. I love that I worked hard to earn the biggest purchase I've ever made. I don't own a home. I don't spend frivolously. I live a simple, meager life - by choice. And I don't condemn those who choose to live otherwise.
I'd like to thank one commenter for another opportunity to grow. Without her reflection I might not have gotten to this deep level of appreciation for who I am and what I believe. I don't condone the way in which she spewed and lashed at me personally. But I'm not without rage. When something digs under my skin, I'm the first to react. I hear her anger about the economy. It's my opinion that her rage goes much deeper than the economy. For that, I have compassion.
This is my journey to peace. And you are all welcome to join me...or not.