We are not Averting our Gaze

“It’s in that moment of honesty brought by war that you’ll find out whether you’re truly willing to stand up to evil or not.”

This is what an elderly woman once shared with me and another group of French history students when we eagerly asked her to describe what it was like during the 2nd World War in occupied France. Back in her youth she had been an active member of the French Resistance and, now in her late 80’s, she had been invited to speak to us all on campus. What she shared cut down any romantic view I might have had of times of war and great unity; of brotherhood arising from the neighbourhoods, the grassroots, neighbours supporting neighbours, families supporting families, standing up to the fascist regime no matter what.

The reality wasn’t like this. Those that stood up to Hitler’s reign were very few. Even in the bleakest of times when France was either under occupation or in collusion with the Nazis, most people went about their day looking after their own business. They fenced their houses up and turned an ignorant eye to the brutality taking place, which was often right before their averted gaze.

This collective apathy and inertia has long been the colluding partner in the history of man. Most in society won’t dare to step out of line and raise their heads too high. They don’t want to be that tall poppy and have the evil they see – be it in the guise of abuse, bigotry, cruelty or violence – directed at them. Friends are made out of enemies – ‘strategic’ friends that is – and neighbours and families turn on each other. This has happened time and time again in history to the point that we’ve just dismissed it as the dark side of human nature.

But there’s a story to be told that will remind us all otherwise. That it isn’t natural to bury our heads in ignorance and pretend all is dandy when it is not.

Katerina Nikolaidis
Katerina Nikolaidis

It’s a story I’m proud to be a part of in more ways than can fill a page.

I’m still a student today, but not of history books. Today I am a student of a Living Way that includes religion, philosophy and science as an all-encompassing way of life, which I relish to my bones. This way of living, which comes from ancient teachings, has been brought back to the modern fore by Universal Medicine and its founder, Serge Benhayon. It is what we call today The Way of The Livingness, and along with many more from across the globe, it forms the bedrock of every aspect of my life.

Since 2012, we, the students of The Way of The Livingness, have been hounded by a vicious tirade of abuse staged online and offline by a handful of bullies and harassers who have one agenda alone: to bring our way of life down and break it so that it no longer exists.

This is what evil wants to do. To silence and annihilate – be it the human body into cinders, or a way of life. It is a crime against humanity and it has been allowed to perpetuate generation after generation in differing guises and forms because of the collective inertia that has reigned, which humanity itself has allowed.

This time around, we have said no. From the grassroots, we took pen to paper right from the first days when the witch-hunt began, and we started to write. We inspired each other – one stunning piece of writing followed another and organically the biggest collective blog movement in the history of the internet began. Many of us had never written before, and some of us at the beginning quivered as we felt the magnitude of what we were saying yes to after having stayed silent for so long.

Today, with more than 2000 articles and blogs written across a platform of no less than 10 inspiring websites, we know we’re still at the humble beginning. There is so much more to write, so much more to express and so much more to celebrate about our Living Way that is the real-deal tale of joy, love, harmony and brotherhood through and through – very practical and accessible to anyone who wishes to live this way. We are turning the page in history once and for all; no longer will inertia reign and no longer do we avert our gaze.

We are setting the precedent for all of humanity that staying silent and allowing abuse and/or turning a blind eye to the abuse of others is not the way for any individual or group, anywhere in the world. 

There is a story to be told, recounted by many hundreds of us the world over, and we will continue to share it with as many as are willing to listen, with our voices, our pens and our simple living ways.

By Katerina Nikolaidis, 41 years, Melbourne, business consultant, writer, practitioner and lover of love, life and truth.

Katerina Nikolaidis Katerina Nikolaidis is a business consultant with a love of sassy outfits and a passion for expressing the universal truth we all deep down know.

You can follow Katerina Nikolaidis on Twitter @KaterinaNikolai

Further Reading:
To Live by The Way of The Livingness
The Way of The Livingness is Awesome at 64
Integrity in the Midst of the House of Lies… The Way of The Livingness

541 thoughts on “We are not Averting our Gaze

  1. This is a striking and powerful blog Katerina, that really asks us to ask ourselves whether we’re willing to stand up and speak out for what we know to be true or if the opinions or beliefs of others mean more to us.

  2. Most crazily is the fact that today most are averting their gaze just like in Hitler’s time. Only now it is toward the corruption, terror, bitterness, overall lack of joy and general discontent, and ever rising statistics of illness, disease, depression, suicide, rape, murder and the list goes on. There is no Hitler but there is most certainly a comfort most are hiding in.

  3. History is being made, every day, as written records are made of so many people journey’s back to their inner heart, and the truth of living in a daily intimate connection with the Divine.

  4. The moment I step foot into the first Universal Medicine workshop I knew and could feel something was different to the rest on offer. The Truth is shared by Serge Benhayon and from that moment on I know that nothing else is acceptable. We all deserve the truth – exposing what is not and being honest about it without judgement is a forever deepening path. One that I am starting to truly treasure.

    1. I find it so amazing that it is the same for so many of us. Once you experience truth and honesty and the fact that you know everything that is being presented deep down, there is little to do but sit there wondering why you haven’t been living what you know to be truth all along!

  5. We are setting a precedent for all of humanity that staying silent and allowing abuse of any form is not acceptable. ‘We are turning the page in history once and for all; no longer will inertia reign and no longer do we avert our gaze.’ Absolutely.

  6. Love, joy and harmony is what is going to turn this shambles we call life around. I read in the paper about the world airlines having to cut CO2 emissions by 2027 and how a single long haul flight causes as much C02 gas as a car for a whole year, but what about all these fighter jets bombing the hell out of places like Syria. When will mankind wake up to the fact that war solves nothing. Through the teachings and workshops of Serge Benhayon, and the hard work of a lot of people, there is a real network of truth going on that will bring about change.

    1. I hope so kevmchardy, war has not worked – ever – yet there are still world leaders who strive for dominance and control. I have noticed that cuts to welfare are much more prevalent in budgets than defence so I would hazard a guess that it is the fear of invasion or attack means people allow it all to happen, and the politicians know that.

  7. The more we express the truth we know and are prepared to see life as it truly is, the more we are called to speak up on behalf of those who are not yet ready and inspire them to return to their own truth.

  8. Having a purpose in life is very quite simple. Be open to what is really going on in the world (i.e. open our eyes and not avert our gaze). There is pretty much to be done in the way of serving our fellow man.

  9. Apathy and inertia are really colluding with the evil, it is time for us all to express and take a stand against all that is not coming from love.

    1. To dissolve evil one need only look it in the eye – for evil cannot move when it is named (seen in full) and thus why it relies on our averted gaze to gain traction where otherwise it could not. Evil does not enter by force, it enters by permission, given by us through our chosen complacency.

  10. No more turning a blind eye or burying our heads or tacitly approving by inaction, it is certainly time for us all to call out any form of abuse. Beautifully expressed Katerina, thank you for highlighting this harmful behaviour and attitude;
    “We are setting the precedent for all of humanity that staying silent and allowing abuse and/or turning a blind eye to the abuse of others is not the way for any individual or group, anywhere in the world”.

  11. We have become part of the pivotal point; we will no longer remain silent anymore for what we have come to accept as the comfortably numb lives we are living! We refuse to be silenced; we have a voice that grows with every day when we express ourselves fully.

  12. Sometimes speaking up is just walking into a place that might have whispered and gossiped about you and standing tall, being all you are, not letting the discrimination stop you from being all you. Not saying anything but at the same time saying everything with the quality in which you enter the space, holding nothing against anyone, treating everyone with respect, even though they might not have shown you the same courtesy, that to me is powerful.

  13. This made me want to stand up and salute you, Katerina. You have captured here the power of The Way of The Livingness and what is at stake when we remain silent in the face of the evil directed at those who choose to live by its guidance. This evil has always counted on intimidating people into silence, but this is no longer an option.

  14. “It’s in that moment of honesty brought by war that you’ll find out whether you’re truly willing to stand up to evil or not.” This is an interesting statement. I recognise the truth of it, but at the same time it prompts me to ask why is this statement about war and not about every day life. Why is it that “collective apathy and inertia has long been the colluding partner in the history of man”? I certainly recognise a given up resignation most of my current life. This is until I came across Serge Benhayon and the Way of The Livingness. I know beyond doubt that the love within us is worth standing up for and we do not have to wait until an illness, an accident, or a war to realize that we every choice makes a difference and that each of us is responsible to our self, to one another and to the whole of humanity.

  15. When we consider how much dire and vulgar content is posted on the internet and indeed uttered from many, we can then really appreciate what these articles and blogs that carry a universal thread of the truth we all seek, are actually bringing. There is pain, immense suffering and barbaric acts taking place every day, and there is also a growing community that is committed to live harmoniously, in brotherhood and to share this joy far and wide. The latter will eventually offset the former.

  16. It is wonderful to stop and appreciate the voices that have stood up for truth and expressed in full the truth of The Way of The Livingness. It is a movement in society that starts to break the mould of the silence that has been before in times of attack. So yes – this is just the beginning, but a great study this is to see hundreds of people from all over the world share their personal and real experiences.

  17. A very powerful blog Katerina that asks us to make a very clear choice about standing up and speaking out, or staying silent as we have for thousands of years, allowing the corruption and evil to continue. These blog platforms are incredible and I am constantly inspired by what I read, this blog being a great example.

  18. Such a strong paragraph this one, that may serve to help people really nominate what it is in our history that seems to get in the way of us bringing truth today – “This collective apathy and inertia has long been the colluding partner in the history of man. Most in society won’t dare to step out of line and raise their heads too high. They don’t want to be that tall poppy and have the evil they see – be it in the guise of abuse, bigotry, cruelty or violence – directed at them. Friends are made out of enemies – ‘strategic’ friends that is – and neighbours and families turn on each other. This has happened time and time again in history to the point that we’ve just dismissed it as the dark side of human nature.” It is time to see these things as our old hurts so that we can now choose to live another way and make truth, and a way of living from our inner hearts, a reality once again.

  19. The amount of students that have stood up and expressed the truth these last few years is deeply inspiring and shows the power we have as a community when we stand up and say ‘no’ to abuse. By staying silent and turning a blind eye we allow this evil to thrive, when we stand for truth there is a ripple effect felt by others who also feel the call to express.

  20. There are not many movies like Star Wars that have exposed “evil, corruption, brutality, abuse, bigotry, cruelty, violence and apathy” but well before George Lucas were the collective works of Shakespeare. With Shakespeare, “one stunning piece of writing followed another and [are] organically the biggest collective” of stories that are there to share how we can live together in harmony.

  21. I love this blog, and given many of the current world events we as a humanity are being asked if we will stand up and speak up against the evil, or if we will let it continue only to be faced with the consequences later down the line.

  22. There is comfort in turning a blind eye or not standing up to/for something. Simply put, changing nothing is the easy option. With regard to Universal Medicine, it’s amazing to see how many people – through these blogs – are willing to stand up and put their neck out and to come together as one to stand up against evil. Someone has to be the first to do it and thus inspire others.

  23. The story about how most dealt with the Nazi occupation is a telling physical outplay of how we are all living today, fencing ourselves into a safe place from which to observe the abuse and horror that is so prevalent in the world today. It brings home the question of how are we prepared to live – out in the open, or protected and cut off from what is really happening?

  24. The need for security has reigned supreme over truth throughout history. We see that there are two options, to stay silent and by doing so give permission for abuse. Or we fight, stand up and speak the truth. Often these people have been cut down in one way or another. What we forget when we scramble for personal or family security is the power of standing together as one. This is what the students of The Livingness have done. Evil wants to separate us so we feel isolated and small, but this is not the case. When we put truth before security, the results are stunning

    1. We see this constantly even in our own society and community. Looking after one’s own patch rather that speaking truth.

  25. I have not turned my gaze fully on how our refugees are being treated in or by our country. I have turned my head mostly away. The correlation between what I am doing, and what was done in Germany is not lost on me.

  26. Syria is a great reflection for what is happening in the world today, we avert our gaze because we don’t want to get involved even when the country is being destroyed and thousands have been killed and millions displaced. We have as a collective averted our gaze again. If we were to accept that we have a responsibility to what happens to our fellow man and that wars are a direct result of our collective lethargy of not standing up and speaking out when we see evil at our own front door.

  27. It’s quite an astonishing thing to realise just what is happening in the Universal Medicine student body, that we are actually living “a real-deal tale of joy, love, harmony and brotherhood”. If we look out at the world and see the misery, violence, abuse and corruption, see the apathy and self centredness, then look at the way this group is living we can see there is something truly amazing being achieved, something that the whole world desperately needs to return to. To be able to live with joy, love, harmony and brotherhood, and to speak up for the truth has the potential to change our global historic and very repetitive cycles of abuse.

  28. The Way of The Livingness encourages one to deepen our relationship with truth as it is only then we can break away from the illusion and comfort that all is well when there is so much corruption and abuse in the world that must be brought to account.

  29. When we think about standing up to evil we generally think things such a sex trafficking, drug cartels, war, torture etc but the truth of the matter is that we encounter evil on a daily basis, for example in the way a person’s race or colour of skin is used to discriminate against them, blatant sexist comments from colleagues, blindly believing everything the media say etc. All of these things need to continuously be addressed if we are to address evil.

  30. Thank you Katrina, for a deeply inspiring blog, calling us to stand up for the truth we know in our own hearts and mind. The Way of The Livingness is our way of truth love joy and harmony, not just speaking up for truth but living it in our lives so we do not contribute to the evil we see all around us.

  31. ‘The truth will out’ is a phrase that has been around for a long time and today there are many platforms and voices attempting to drown out the truth but when we stand together and call out the abuse, deliberate misinterpretation, manipulation and lies the truth is heard and is heard more clearly as more voices express the truth.

  32. Throughout history there has been a constant battle between truth and evil and thank God for those that have not been afraid to stand up for truth. Truth just is, and can’t be messed with and evil in time will have to bow to truth as we all return home to oneness.

  33. I love this Katerina, what a call to leave behind the inertia, the averting of our gaze, to look squarely at the face of evil that tries to stop people choosing love over hate and say no. “Many of us had never written before, and some of us at the beginning quivered as we felt the magnitude of what we were saying yes to after having stayed silent for so long.” It has been a pleasure to read these inspirations, these learnings and how they have come about.

  34. All these blogs are making a different footprint on the internet, one of light and no evil can change this fact, they can try to fight it but we, all the Students of the Livingness, will stand up for truth and will not go away.
    We know we’re still at the humble beginning. ‘There is so much more to write, so much more to express and so much more to celebrate about our Living Way that is the real-deal tale of joy, love, harmony and brotherhood through and through – very practical and accessible to anyone who wishes to live this way.’ We love sharing our Living Way, thank you Katerina for the clarity and power in your writing.

  35. Very powerful blog Katerina. How often do we accept anything less than love and truth in our everyday? If we remain ‘silent’ we become part of the pool of abuse, and we rob ourselves of the joy and harmony that otherwise can be lived.

  36. At this present time in history your blog is particularly relevant, Katerina, not only because of the particular direct attack upon The Way of The Livingness but within the wider socio-political situation that is occurring. The rise again of supremist energy across the globe has to be withstood and that can only occur by not ‘averting our gaze’ but doing all in our livingness to counter it, to not remain silent and to express the truth.

  37. I love what you are sharing here Katerina. It is time to stand and be counted, to not shy away from the fact that there is more love to be lived, more care to be offered and that sometimes truth is hard to hear when we have chosen to avert our gaze for a very long time.

  38. One drop of truth contains within it all the alchemy required to dissolve every lie that seeks to shroud it. Hence why those that lie must collude and band together and attempt to annihilate any drop of this heavenly substance that ‘dares’ show itself on a plane of life where we have made lies our norm’ and truth a far off unreachable ideal, instead of knowing it to be the essence of our very being. Therefore it is very important that each of us live from the deep well of truth within us so that the water in which we all swim is no longer poisoned by that which is not of the truth that we are.

  39. I can’t help but wonder if this has been the case in the middle east, where countries were once forward thinking and modern societies have become crippled and destroyed in some cases. Of course we have been lead to believe that these societies have always been this way, but this doesn’t make sense when our own western history is largely based on the wisdoms of the middle east. Importantly here is that this highlights what can potentially happen as we ‘avert our gaze’ No doubt this has occurred through history across the world over time and we have yet to learn that there are very serious consequences to how we are with each other.

  40. When we choose not to see and feel evil we also choose not to see and feel everything else: the magnitude of love, harmony and joy that we also have access to and can live. Do we continue to stay in the comfort of not seeing, or allow ourselves to feel the truth of a situation and act from there?

  41. The world has got to where it is today because we have averted our gaze, and it has now got to a point that it is time for us all to wake up and open our eyes to what is really going on and figure out together how we can collectively correct it with both grace and unity. Fabbo blog Katerina.

  42. I am seeing very clearly how much I can avert my gaze to not see the rot we are in, so this blog is an apt ready today, thank you.

  43. Collusion with evil by inertia, apathy and ‘turning a blind eye’ is insidious and subtle but it is what enables evil to thrive. It is only by individuals ‘standing up’ and saying ‘no’ and presenting the opposite will the voice become loud enough that will eventually eliminate evil and loving brotherhood established.

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