A few days ago I watched a documentary entitled; “Welcome to Leith.” It told the story of a white supremacist man who moved to a small town in North Dakota. The population of Leith was at most a few dozen and the WS plan was to have other like minded folks move to Leith and take over the town by taking over the government through legally democratic elections. The town caught wind of his plot and stopped it from happening.
What was interesting is the fear which gripped the people of Leith. This man and another family scared the townsfolk so much that they armed themselves, began to harass the WS group and used legally and morally questionable behavior to have the WS group sent to jail and ultimately drove them out of Leith. By the time the documentary was over I wondered which group was more dangerous.
Fear is a powerful force. It can make us think, say and do things we’d not think possible as a civilized person in a civilized community. Yet, people, groups, nations use fear to bring out the worst in us. Wisdom instructs us not to be ruled by our emotions but to let the actions of grace, kindness and love be our guide to how we approach ourselves and each other.