call for love/help
The real nature of attack. Attack seems to be a sin but is really a call for love or help. When someone attacks us, the attack seems to deprive us. Therefore, we seem to be the one who is in need, and we seem to be justified in attacking to take back the dignity our attacker stole from us. The truth, however, is the reverse. The one in need is the attacker, for his attack pushes away from him the very love that, deep down, is his heart’s desire. His attack, then, leaves him feeling deprived and in pain. This pain is a call for the love his attack has pushed away, a call for help out of the hole he has dug for himself, a call for correction of his error, and a call for the healing of the sickness his attack represents. We answer this call by giving him love, for that is what he is really asking for. This overall concept takes many forms:
- Attack is a call for love (see T-14.X.7:1-2).
- Attack is a call for help or correction or healing (see T-12.I).
- What we call sin is merely a mistake or an error (see T-19.II-III), a failure to understand (see W-pII.359.1:2-3), a lapse into insanity (see W-pII.FL.In.5:4-7).
- Early in the Text, sin is spoken of as a lack of love as opposed to a positive act of evil or assault (see T-1.IV.3:1-3, T-5.V.4:10).
See “mind cannot attack.”