Terrified of controversy
It is a very rare person who wants to be controversial; stand out for his or her behaviors or views.
Indeed apart from the “professional” controversy chasers who depend on controversy to feed the egos and fatten wallets, people shun controversy like the proverbial plaque.
Controversy is shunned to the point people choose to keep their voices silent and views firmly confined, which is a shame because it does a couple key things, both detrimental; firstly, it deprives others of potentially enlightening ideas and secondly, ones own development is firmly stifled.
Here’s an interesting, albeit a little twisted, scrap of reality. As greatly as it is directly avoided by the masses, controversy is one of humankind’s favourite pastimes in terms of it being a spectator sport. Moreover, consider this dear reader, who has ever achieved greatness, in any field of endeavour, who has not been controversial. Think Jesus. Michael Jackson, Elvis. George W Bush. Ghandi. Charles Darwin. Muhammad Ali. The list is almost endless.
I believe the answer to this irrational fear of controversy rests, partly, in the fact that controversy forces change. And change isn’t something mankind is very fond of.
English businesswoman, Harriet Green said: “The more uncomfortable something is, the more we know we are driving change.” Controversy changes things and change is uncomfortable at best.
You know what the most comfortable state of being is? Blandness. No one ever got punished for being bland. Bland fits in. Bland is safe.
Blandness also means blind acceptance. Accepting the status quo. Accepting things as they are. Being one with the rest. Making oneself blind and unconscious to reality.
Another Harriet, said this, “I’ve freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves.”
That was Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist, humanitarian and spy for the United States Army during the Civil War. She rescued many from slavery. Sad fact is, according to Harriet Tubman is there were many others who simply accepted their lot as a given, as normal.
You could say that Controversy is the scalpel that slices through sameness and blandness straight through to greatness of Self.
And right there is the crux of the matter. It has nothing to do with controversy, or change or Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, it is all about the fear we have of the Self, and anything that leads to Self is therefore taboo.
Just like the perception that controversy is bad and ominous, the fear of Self is but a ridiculous perception. A lie taken as truth.
Rather than running and hiding behind silly ideas and meaningless concepts, step out and take a closer look at yourself. You are truly unique, truly original and truly beautiful. Nobody else can say or do the things you can. Within you is Reality. Within you is the Creator Himself.
Trust. Love. Be.