It was trouble in the making for Asians in the US when Donald Trump started accusing China of being responsible for the Covid-19. As a person who had the media at his beck and call, and where every word of his, including his jokes, gets publicised the moment the word leaves his mouth, he was very dangerous. Especially since he didn’t seem to have a care in the world about the impact of his words to other people.
People like Trump are many. They are like loose cannons.
And so, do I find the rage against Asians in the US surprising? Not in the least. There are many ‘easily exploitable’ minds out there who could suddenly snap and do some horrendous damages — such as in the case of the 21-years-old man who went to kill several Koreans who were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, the issue is still being investigated, but anyone with a mind would realise that feelings of hate are not in a person’s heart by accident. It is put there through messages played over and over again.
Be careful what you read and watch
Read a good book and you become a better person. Read a malicious book and you’ll find yourself adopting to some of the evils stated within. It is the same with watching movies and films, documentaries. Not everything we consume is good for us. Just like the soft drink I often crave when I feel a drop in energy level, which happens once in a while.
Nowadays, I steer away from many books. I realise that not all are beneficial to and for me. I steer away from films I used to enjoy in my younger days which were gory tales of so-called heroes going on ‘rescue mission’. I don’t enjoy them so much anymore, because I can see the effect they have on younger minds. Children should not be allowed to watch such gory movies at all.
The messages in books and most of the time, articles written by people who only want to fill pages and get their cents-per-word payment, are also detrimental to our minds. I used to buy magazines that are catered for women readers. I like buying them because I enjoyed watching the latest trend in makeup, hairstyles and fashion. I also read articles that were featured in them. I never thought much about them but I’ve noticed how, over the years, I’ve become a mean person, and I realised that it is from the information I have gathered throughout the years of reading all those articles.
So, nowadays I watch what I read, watch, drink and eat. I am no longer much into eating meat, for example, and I don’t really miss the taste. Some people have this belief that people who eat vegetables are weak and feeble. I don’t feel that at all. As a matter of fact, I think I am doing much better than my meat-eating friends who complain about their high blood level and so on. I don’t have an issue with that. But I believe this isn’t just due to the type of food I eat. Some people like to conclude that a person is healthy because they don’t eat this and that. That isn’t it. A healthy person is healthy because they are careful about what they consume and it is not just about food for the stomach, but food for the soul, food for the mind, food for the eyes.
Which explains why I don’t watch movies as much, and I steer away from western movies because they like adding gory details to glorify violence. It doesn’t matter what their story line is, western movies always glorify violence. Violent messages in these gory flicks inflicts pain on the mind and the soul. Don’t believe me? Try fasting from watching any form of violent movies or reading and even listening to any violent stories in a year. You’ll soon find yourself able to sleep better, eat better, feel better. And if you have disastrous friends, let them go. At the end of the day, it is your peace of mind that matters. And at the end of the day, it is your peace that will enable the friends who were disastrous to change their own ways for the better.
As a result, I live a less agitated life. I feel peace, most of the time. Peace that comes from within is harder to dismantle than peace that comes from outside. But to ensure that peace remains, we must all watch what we feed ourselves with. Watch what you read, watch what you view, watch who your friends are, watch what you eat and drink. Seems like a boring life? Perhaps. But I feel at peace with myself. And that is really something in this world of strife and trouble.