"Give hate an inch,
It becomes a Ruler."
How true. I could write a few paragraphs on that however my mind thought about it slightly differently.
Give greed an inch...I think about folks I know who had to have it all, and have fallen on hard times because they relied too heavily on the stock market. They still believe this is only a "temporary" situation for them. Greed is still ruling their lives.
Give envy an inch...
This week someone was showing off their new phone to me. They bought it because someone else had just purchased that model. They also bought a Wii for the same reason. Envy seems to take a good, strong hold of some people.
Give narcissism an inch...
Haven't we all known the person who had to be in the spotlight, get the attention, sometimes even to the extent of saying untrue things of others in an effort to shine? The people with this affliction go deeper and deeper into self-importance until it becomes a nasty trait.
Each of these have the same outcome; the trait takes a life of its own. It becomes a Ruler. However, it doesn't seem to work the same when we replace these with desirable traits. They start weaker and must be encouraged and tended.
It is not "natural" to:
Give empathy an inch
Give caring an inch
Give neighborliness an inch
These don't take hold as easily. They retreat once the moment has passed. We need to reflect on them so they don't run away. We need to act on them to build momentum. So that we won't be ruled by greed, or envy, or hate.
Give love an inch