Gary Z McGee ~ Sacred Anger and the Power of Hard Love

This is one of the best articles I have ever read. Thanks, Ann! It goes right along with a comment I made on my reblog of Jon Rappoport’s “The composition of human life” post: Yes, it’s interesting, because there IS some value in surrender when you have truly tried everything else. Oftentimes, the relief follows and then ushers in solutions after deep surrender. The trouble with the New Age movement is that it teaches passivity as “surrender,” and that has allowed really good people to passively endorse all manner of atrocities in the name of “being spiritual.”

I would amend this comment to acknowledge that it’s not just the New Age movement that encourages passivity in the face of atrocities — although spiritual bypass may be most rampant in that particular realm of otherwise highly capable people. I ask similar questions of conscientious objector Mennonites in an attempt to discover by exactly what brain circuitry they can support drone striking children and wedding parties in their 100% support for Obama. I have yet to find a satisfactory answer for that from the Mennonites; however, the New Ager’s assure me that Obama is either “an enlightened being from a much higher (not understandable) dimension” or “a poor, hapless victim of the Cabal.”

I say we are each responsible for whatever roles we play. Whether that role happens to be a charade or not, there comes a time when excuses and passivity become endorsement. And no, this observation is not limited to Obama or the Democratic party. It extends to every increasingly flagrant assault that people continue to accept as “the new normal” or “just following orders.” NIMBY doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Plus if it’s not in your backyard right now, that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon.

This essay also calls to mind Julian Rose’s urgent question, “You May Wake Up, But Will You Get Out of Bed?“, as well as my earlier post on The Power of Your Emotions.

Sacred Anger and the Power of Hard Love

June 3, 2014

by Gary Z McGee

“Love does not imply pacifism.” – Derrick Jensen

As it stands, all of us are victims of an extremely unhealthy culture. In a culture of conquer-control-consume-repeat we are endlessly conquered, controlled, consumed and forced into repeating and facilitating this diabolical process to no end. We’re like a bunch of spoiled-rotten, whiny children, taking our vexations out on each other and the environment when we should be digging down deep and transforming our comfortable inertia into courageous action. The question is: how do we break the cycle. One answer may be through sacred anger and hard love.

Here’s the thing: life was not meant to be comfortable. Sure, discover comfort where you can, but you’ll never grow if you don’t get uncomfortable every once in a while. Just like our culture will forever stagnate and degenerate if we don’t challenge how comfortable and contained it keeps us, especially when those comforts are systematically destroying the world. Like Anais Nin wrote, “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” Let’s choose not to fail. Let’s choose not to give into this kind of death. Let’s choose courage instead.

In our culture, anger is seen as politically incorrect. But deep, focused anger can be a boon of sacred energy if we can learn to use it wisely and courageously. Attentive, meditative anger can even be a form of empathy, as anger is often a natural response to horrific situations. Sometimes anger is not only the natural reaction, but the only moral reaction.

This is the kind of anger that lifts us up and compels us to protect the weak against the overreaching powerful or the poor against the overindulgent rich. The type of righteous anger that flips over tables like Christ did against the greedy bankers, the type of anger that would rather live a hard life of freedom than an easy life of slavery. Such anger is sacred precisely because it instills in us an unstoppable courage.

We should not be expected to remain calm and happy in the face of ecocide, rape, misogyny, slavery, and greed. Rather we should be compelled toward righteous anger. We should be obliged to help victims become warriors, screaming from the rooftops, “Take the Goddamned red pill for Christ’s sake! Become a freedom unto yourself! You are your own hero! Allow yourself to be worthy. Allow yourself to be extraordinary! Get angry! Get really pissed off! Then grab the bull by the horns and pin that bastard to the ground!” Like Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”

But when push comes to shove, we are just too damn comfortable to care, and too damn polite to speak out. We need to get uncomfortable. We need to rediscover sacred ruthlessness, divine anger, and holy rage, leaving nothing to the inertia of chance and everything to the responsibility of choice; otherwise we fail to be responsible with our power. We cannot consume our way to sustainability. We cannot pillage our way to balance with nature. We cannot lie, cheat, steal, or trap our way to freedom. We cannot tyrannize our way to equal rights. Something has to give. And that something is our overindulgent comfort and complacent inertia.

“What is the real origin of my own anger?” wrote Jean-Yves Leloup. “Is it the ego defending its territory, or is it something that has its source in the desire for the well-being of all?” Sacred anger that spills over into empathy and compassion becomes a very powerful force for moral good known as Hard Love. Hard love is ruthless love. It teaches even as it destroys outdated worldviews. It educates even as it shatters obsolete mental paradigms. It tutors even as it crushes parochial perspectives.

It reveals the wisdom within all wounds. It forces a mirror in front of our victim-hood, screaming at us to rise above being a victim of the world and to become the world instead. It slaps us with the truth while revealing exactly how often we’ve been kissed with lies.
It mocks our sense of deservedness: that whiny “I deserve a vacation. I deserve a brand new car. I deserve love. I deserve to be rich. I deserve to be perfect. Wah-wah-wah and woe-is-me!” while exposing us to the absolute fact that we don’t “deserve” anything but what we’ve earned through our own blood, sweat, and tears. And even then we may not get what we want. So it goes.

What we need is a global coup d’état. What we need is to break the trance. What we need is to get uncomfortable. What we need is a Great Rewilding. What we need is to shift the current unsustainable paradigm. And the way we do these things is through sacred anger and hard love. It feels like an impossible task. But no task has ever been more important. On the detritus of the outdated, unsustainable system, we will create something entirely new and sustainable.

We must, or we doom ourselves to failure and “a kind of death.” WWJD? He would flog greedy bankers in public, for one. So I beseech you all: discover your own righteous anger, become a freedom unto yourself, channel hard love, open the paradigm and ascend. The world needs you to not be crippled by fear, inertia, and comfort. It needs you to be filled with courage, compassion, and proactive, interdependent love.

link to original article and a video

8 responses to this post.

  1. Someone’s privately emailed comment reminded me of this earlier post:



  2. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    Laura Bruno posted this on her blog today. I had to share. It’s such a powerful, kick ass post by Gary Z McGee… mincing words here but unvarnished truth and hopefully impetus to everyone that reads it. Thank you Laura, had some extremely powerful posts going on by various empowered individuals.



  3. Posted by Patrick on June 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Surrender is an interesting concept, and something I think about a lot. The key question as I see it is, whom do you serve? From my perspective the word surrender is positive, almost synonymous with the word “acceptance.” For example, acceptance and surrender to the universal laws of cause and effect, the inevitability of “death”, change and so on, this kind of surrender is a good thing, liberating, empowering, enlightening.

    The twisted notion of surrender to false gods and false authority, the worship of those who dictate false realities that contradict universal spiritual laws… to bow down to such dogma and false teachings, that kind of surrender is misled, regressive, disempowering, and ultimately, enslaving.

    It isn’t hard to see the confusion coming: How do I know what is good and what is bad, what is true, what is false? What is the meaning of life, death, love God, anything!!?? Knowing a problem isn’t always halfway to solving it, and that these questions have confounded many brilliant minds since the dawn of time is no comforting thought… but this shouldn’t dampen our spirits!

    “And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good – Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?” – Socrates

    The fact is, as I see it, is that what’s going on in the world is so obviously f***ed up on so many levels, that all it takes is a bit of common sense to shake people up and make them realise that unquestionably, there is essential work that needs to be done to heal our planet and everybody can contribute on some level. I don’t see any major need for complex theories and esoteric knowledge, useful and enlightening though they can definitely be at times. If someone’s resistant, I’ve found that when debating these subjects it is often best to stick a few simple facts about the way things are to illustrate the mess we’re in.

    For example, according to the UN around 21,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger related causes. Yes, that’s 21,000 every day. Shocking though that is, when juxtaposed with stats about global food wastage (estimated between an obscenely large 30% and 50% of annual food production depending on your source), the degree of moral degradation this planet has devolved to is undeniable… except of course to those in denial. I know that in my local community this wastage of life and resources translates in many ways, and of course there is something I or anybody else willing enough can do about it, to suggest otherwise is seems ridiculous, but amazingly there are still people (often well meaning) who try and convince you otherwise. The lessons we need to learn and the actions we need to take are often far less complex than the powers that be would have us believe, and any over complication of these subjects should be regarded with the utmost suspicion, especially if such theorising pacifies us into a state of inactivity,

    Whilst there are many bona fide spiritual paths with different solutions to the many problems we face, it seems to me that a spirituality that embraces sacred anger and hard love is very important to remedy the state we’re in. Speaking for myself, I am personally no longer comfortable with the passive “otherworldly” spirituality that fosters skepticism about earthly phenomena, a perspective that tends towards regarding both the joys and sufferings of everyday human life as illusory, transitory, to be avoided and ignored. As Gary Z Mcgee Says:

    “We should not be expected to remain calm and happy in the face of ecocide, rape, misogyny, slavery, and greed. Rather we should be compelled toward righteous anger. We should be obliged to help victims become warriors, screaming from the rooftops, “Take the Goddamned red pill for Christ’s sake! Become a freedom unto yourself! You are your own hero! Allow yourself to be worthy. Allow yourself to be extraordinary! Get angry! Get really pissed off! Then grab the bull by the horns and pin that bastard to the ground!” Like Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”

    Thanks for the reblog Laura, great article, it definitely came at the right time for me! 🙂



  4. Reblogged this on Forever Unlimited and commented:
    Must read! You have links to this and 3 other related posts…a lot of bang for your reading buck! If these discussions don’t inspire us to take action, I don’t know what will. ~PB



  5. Posted by Patrick on June 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks Laura, you’re welcome, I second your blessings, courage and healing to all and the planet. 🙂



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