You can approach every situation in life one of two ways: as a tuning fork for virtue or a pitchfork of vice.
As a tuning fork, you entire being, your overarching purpose relates to establishing harmonic resonances in the world around you. Indeed, virtue resonates harmonically. It is a peculiar and unmistakeable vibratory quality which draws forth that which is consistent with it and repels that which is not.
People talk about “raising consciousness” as a means of creating a better world. If history tells us anything it is that we cannot acculturate, educate, exterminate, legislate, perambulate or pontificate our way to a more perfect world. We must demonstrate over and over again, in creative ways that: (1) captivate the hearts and minds of our fellows and (2) motivate them to orient to a higher standard.
Conversely, as a pitchfork your all-consuming passion is to pick apart, to pique offense, divide and confuse. Whether your jabs are sharp and superficial or slow and penetrating, virtue is to be avoided at all costs, lest it be useful to camouflage a nefarious aim.
The pitchfork has long been used to deflate the efforts of those who have sought to raise consciousness. The invective with which anonymous commenters reply to well-meaning news articles and blog posts by those whose goal is to raise consciousness, for instance, is not a new practice, by any means. Those whose hearts are not consumed with the better feelings of humanity will spare no expense as they poke and prod the objects of their dissection.
You have a choice to make in each and every circumstance. You can choose to be a tuning fork for virtue or a pitchfork of vice. No one can make you be one or the other. It is, dear readers, entirely up to you.