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I imagine Putin as a bitter man

jus' thinkin' 'bout stuff - 03-08-2022 - by steve rigell -
What are your thoughts about Putin?

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been thinking about Putin.

Like all bullies, he has to do something to get attention when he feels like he’s being ignored. Bullies don’t like feeling irrelevant. That means somebody has to feel some pain so the bully can prove his relevance to himself. Or herself.

There’s a bully somewhere inside all of us.

We all have dreams, even bullies, of doing something we’ve never done, achieving goals we’ve never attempted.

Putin is no different. These dreams are not reserved for the righteous. In fact, it may be evil people who have these dreams the most.

Did the world produce Putin. Is Putin the product of humanity’s inhumanity to humanity?

Or was Putin always evil?

Like everything else, probably a bit of both.

Regardless of the influences, Putin has chosen his own path. He has always sought to dominate. He always had conquest before him.

Now he is in his final conquest, and he wants to world to feel the contempt he has for the masses of humanity.

He wants his own people to feel it most of all because they did not adore him like he wanted them to.

But when you get down to it, he doesn’t care who he hurts because he’s really trying to hurt himself in order to feel something other than hatred and contempt. Pure pain would be a relief.

We live in the world that created Putin, that allowed him to flourish, that did not see what he was doing with his life as an aberration.

We live in a world that allowed Putin the prosper and posture. The world that gave Putin no other choice but to surround himself with darkness.

We never take men like Putin seriously until they have done the damage they could not resist doing.

So busy were we with the day-to-day of our own lives we had no time to lend a bit of light into the corners where men like Putin go to plot and connive and suspect and spy.

Maybe this is just foolish talk—lending light—maybe it is doesn’t make any difference in the long run…

But then, maybe it does.

There is so much we don’t really understand about life and nature.

It’s worth a shot.

If everyone does what they can, a little bit every day maybe we can turn our current predicaments around and maybe even stop producing men like Putin.

It will take changing our minds so we can find the reasons to make better choices. It will take changing our minds so we can see consequences and their causes.
It will take changing our minds so our minds are willing to work with our hearts instead of ignoring the wisdom inherent in them.

We must change on a fundamental level.

We must change on a massive scale.

We must change before we can no longer do it.

Obviously we need a miracle. If you want to attribute that miracle to God or to magic or to people working with the laws of nature, it doesn’t matter. We all still need to do our part.

It’s the least we can do.

Lend Your Light.

Spread the word.

Let’s dream together.

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