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