My Flag is White by Mark Ulyseas, Founder and Editor of Live Encounters Magazine, author of three books: RAINY – My Friend & Philosopher, Seductive Avatars of Maya – Anthology of Dystopian Lives and In Gethsemane – Transcripts of a Journey. www.amazon.com
“Because each nation has its own history of thieving and lies and broken faith, therefore there can only flourish international suspicion and jealousy, and international moral shame becomes anæmic to a degree of ludicrousness. The nation’s bagpipe of righteous indignation has so often changed its tune according to the variation of time and to the altered groupings of the alliances of diplomacy, that it can be enjoyed with amusement as the variety performance of the political music hall.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Nationalism
The flag I now carry is white.
No religious trinkets or lucky charms.
No colours denoting caste, creed or nationality.
A surrender to love, compassion and harmony.
A surrender to all the beauty that surrounds me.
There is too much hate. The profits from doom are rising and those collecting these profits are people who thrive on selling violence. It is now akin to porn that degenerates the soul by warping the senses and transforming one into a senseless Being. Many have become addicts to watching violent news, purveyors of others’ misfortunes. The media plays along for it needs the revenue.
The world is spiralling into another third world war. Or so say the peddlers of news. But this is not true. Humanity has been at war with itself since earth began hosting this species. The paradox is that this violent species has created so much beauty. Perhaps it is this that holds Mother Nature’s hands from kicking us out of her home, unceremoniously with all our ceremonies.
Let us look around and appreciate the magnificence that humanity has created in word and form and dwell upon this. Contemplate the fabulous contributions by artists of all hues. And the more we do this the more focussed we will become. Hopefully this will morph into an enchanting obsession thereby drawing us away from the ugliness of hate in its many avatars.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
So choose white, a white flag, and surrender to all things bright and beautiful.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
© Mark Ulyseas