- The relationship of anger to attack is obvious but the relationship of anger to fear is not always so apparent. Anger always involves projection of separation, which must ultimately be accepted as one’s own responsibility, rather than being blamed on others. Anger cannot occur unless you believe that you have been attacked, that your attack is justified in return, and that you were in no way responsible for it. Given these three wholly irrational premises, the equally irrational conclusion that a brother is worthy of attack rather than of love must follow. What can be expected from insane premises except an insane conclusion? The way to undo an insane conclusion is to consider the sanity of the premises on which it rests. You cannot be attacked, attack has no justification, and you are responsible for what you believe.
- You have been asked to take me as your model for learning, since an extreme example is a particularly helpful learning device. Everyone teaches and teaches all the time. This is a responsibility you inevitably assume the moment you accept any premise at all, and no one can organize his life without some thought system. Once you have developed a thought system of any kind, you live by it and teach it. Your capacity for allegiance to a thought system may be misplaced, but is it is still a form of faith and can be redirected.
It is only natural for us to attack others when we are feeling angry, but today Jesus wants us to examine how anger and fear are related. When we look at the reasons that we feel anger toward others or toward certain situations, we will always see an indication of separation. When I get angry at my sister for example, I will see her as separate from me, I will see her as different than me, I will see her as the culprit and myself as the innocent party. Jesus asks us to take responsibility for the ways in which we see others as separate from ourselves. For when I see my sister as part of me, I do not see her as different, I see her as myself. Her happiness is my happiness; her need for correction is my need for correction. If my sister disrespects my boundaries, I have disrespected her boundaries. Jesus tells us that anger simply cannot occur unless we believe another person is attacking us. When we see the actions of others as an attack upon us, we justify attacking them in return. We justify our anger by not taking responsibility for it. We conclude that the person who attacked us is not worthy of love; they are only worthy of attack.
All three premises which lead to this unloving response Jesus calls insane because: We cannot be attacked; attack has absolutely no justification; and we are always responsible for what we believe.
You are called and I am called to take Jesus as our model for learning. His human life serves as an extreme example to teach lessons of love, which we are here to learn. Jesus is not the only one who teaches. Every single one of us teach and we teach all the time. We do not need teaching degrees, we do not need an education, we do not even have to know how to read and write – the moment we accept any premise at all, we organize our life around what we think works to keep us reasonably well and happy. We live by what we adopt as our system of belief and we all serve as teachers to everyone who knows us by the ideas we share and the examples we give. There will always be some who will follow in our footsteps whether we do things that call forth health or sickness, wealth or poverty, honesty or lies. Jesus calls our allegiance to our thoughts systems a form of faith because we become very attached to them and think of them as extensions of ourselves. We get our feelings hurt and get downright antagonistic if our thought systems are challenged in any way.
Jesus knows what it is like to be human; He knows how dearly we cherish our thought systems and the hold that they have upon us – in spite of the harm and unhappiness they may bring. In this chapter, Jesus will redirect our faith in the senseless belief system of the ego which justifies anger, attack, and fear, to one which is sensible, practical, and leads to love, peace, and unity.
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter Six Lesson of love. Introduction. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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