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11:47 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

Letter to the editor: There is no enemy

EDITOR:

Gays are the enemy. The Islamic State is the enemy. Omar Mateen is the enemy. Violence on TV is the enemy. Guns are the enemy. Gun control is the enemy. The government is the enemy. Capitalism is the enemy. Socialism is the enemy. Communism is the enemy. Corporations are the enemy. The EPA is the enemy. Republicans are the enemy. Democrats are the enemy. Blacks are the enemy. Whites are the enemy. Racism is the enemy. Welfare is the enemy. Weed is the enemy. The War on Drugs is the enemy. Prisons are the enemy. Liberal judges are the enemy. Gang violence is the enemy. Poverty is the enemy. Men are the enemy. Women’s Lib is the enemy. Abortion is the enemy. Fundamentalist Christians are the enemy. Muslims are the enemy. Immigrants are the enemy. Working class Whites are the enemy. Obama is the enemy. Trump is the enemy. Clinton is the enemy. Sanders is the enemy. Over-consumption is the enemy. Progress is the enemy. Technology is the enemy. Creationists are the enemy. Evolution is the enemy. Science is the enemy. Religion is the enemy.

There is no Enemy.

Recognize that we all reach out and shadow our hatred over entire other classes of humans. We all do it, and we all feel absolutely righteous in doing so. We all feel we have been given more than enough reason to hate, judge, exclude, and feel enraged by others, both individuals and collective groups (or individuals that we lump together in groups).

Strike the idea of “enemy” from your mind. Throw it out of your heart when it begins to arise (and it will). Put it down. Live without it.

There is only us.

Jessica Michael

Prescott