Today I'm not going to post a chess-related entry. There are several issues happening at this very moment that require attention, and everyone willing to read, learn and consider what I write should do so.
There are numerous ways of misinterpreting faith in a divine power. Let it be told very clearly:
God is Love
If we see this divine power as the interconnection of all and everything (like I do), then God manifests itself in all and everything: me, you, the device you are holding in your hands, the coffee I just drank, the hairs that lie around your chair, everything. To me, we are one great family of interconnection.
"A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet." - Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Who Speaks For Earth (Episode 13)
Watch the whole episode, be astonished, and enjoy the fact that we together are one.
For this very same reason, there is no constructive point in ego. Surely, everyone has an ego to some extent, as do I, but as I learned from both my experience in socializing with many different people on the broadness of the entire continuum from Narcissistic Personality Disorder to Mother Theresa Disorder (the obsessive rescuer in all types of problems), and a mailing list which is called Thought For Today, the trick is to try not to let ego blur your commonsense. This could have severe consequences. Arguments directly evolve from ego, potentially causing a fight, a war, or a death.
"Ego is the enemy of peace" - TFT
The logical consequence is that I try to evade any of these. Sure, should I be in the position that a 40-year-old bloke pulls my arm in a bar to try to assail me, then he shouldn't be surprised to receive an elbow in his face. But I consider violence as a betrayal of my ideologies. And not just mine, but to the human species as a whole. We humans are the only species who are able to totally annihilate itself, and it is our job not to.
If there is a fight around me, no matter who, the first thing I attempt to do is to solve the issue without being dragged into the actual conflict. And would I be having a fight with someone else, then it is my duty to not enroll others who have nothing to do with it.
I would really appreciate if I would be kept out of the equation if I'm not supposed to be there in the first place.
I intentionally haven't put names here. Everyone can think of a situation like this. I am having multiple situations into which I'm undesiredly being dragged at the moment, and I do not want that those who are not involved in them would be enticed. And personal issues should never go at the cost of the pure intentions of others.
To be really frank, had I been given the choice which of multiple friend to lose, I'd rather die or quit entirely than to choose between love and love, or fire and fire.