I came across this quote that my dad shared with me years ago, and somehow seemed to really resonate today:
“Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil)
There isn’t anything in particular that it reminds me of, other than it seems to very much ring true, and is relevant. There is so much darkness and negatively in the world that it can suck you in. But ignoring it, avoiding its gaze doesn’t protect you, because it can creep, unknowingly. Especially when we fight all types of monsters every day of our lives: disease, fear, injustice, oppression, disaster, violence, loneliness…our own pasts…
I also like the saying that “you never know what silent battles other people are fighting,” so try to be nice to each other, compassionate, understanding, patient, and kind. We are all fighting a variety of monsters every day.
It seems as though one needs to be ever-vigilant to stay on the path of light. I often ask myself, what are my motivations for doing what I do? What does love actually look like? What does love actually feel like (to give and receive)? How does one act in love? To whom and what am I committed? To what energy in the universe am I contributing? Light or dark?