We are examining hatred, the kind of hatred that fed and nurtured the 18 year old man who wanted to start a racial war by killing many black people in a Buffalo grocery store. And who readily acquired military-like guns to accomplish his evil task.
Resentment is a kind of simmering hatred that makes itself known in the present. We fool ourselves if we underestimate its power for destruction. Resentment happens when we hold hurt in a long time and it festers and rots and seeks expression in hatred and violence.
Resentment is ripe for projections. Resentment represents an advanced state of ire and anger, a situation that develops readily into bitterness and rancor and violence. This anger lodges in the heart chakra when it has not been purified and redirected in the third chakra.
Resentment builds up and up over time if it is ignored and not dealt with. This is why it gives birth to so many forms of hatred and revenge. I met a man from Bosnia who told me that the entire war and all its awful genocide in his country was due to one thing: the politicians who tapped into the resentment among the three different groups in his culture—the Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and the Muslims. All three had long-standing complaints against the others, and the politicians, with their own agendas, exploited this resentment.
Hitler developed an entire political rhetoric and movement built on “resentment” and it formed the energy that fed policies of genocide and violence, sadism and barbarism. Politicians today are not immune from whipping up resentment to forge their way to power as well.
In today’s politics in America, resentment seems to play a major role ever since Trump came down the escalator and denounced immigrants as “rapists.” Brown people and black people and often Jewish people too are the objects of resentment and projection in the white supremacy movements of today. The movement in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” was once called “fine people on both sides” by an American president.
Exploitation follows on resentment because Resentment is such a powerful force and stems from love energies that are denied us—it bears all the power of love behind it as a giant thrust against that which we hate. Being a great misdirection of love energy, resentment will eventually not be denied and those who exploit it know this.
Politicians and their media mogul enablers who spread resentments appeal to citizens’ resentments and often they respond in kind.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 287-289.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you see Resentment on the rise in our time? And politicians exploiting it and the media fanning it? And projections and scapegoating resulting from it?