I often return to the idea that life is very this or that. It’s here or there. You can argue for the middle, you can fight for the space in between, but usually it will always return to this or that, an action done out of fear or love. We cannot reject some and welcome others – there is not a piece of scripture in the world that doesn’t say we should love and care for all sentiment beings, not a certain kind of human, but all humans. If you don’t believe me, do some reading, see for yourself.
I worry that the fears in this country are pushing people towards rejection rather than welcome, self interest rather than altruism, intolerance rather than tolerance, me rather than you, us rather than them.
The world I aspire to live in is one with fewer borders, not more, greater acceptance of diversity, not less, and cooperation and compassion between people rather than suspicion and hate.
We are so in the chaos of the thing itself, we cannot see what is happening. We must create space from which we can see, ending the reactivity to the craziness (which is like punching a cement wall, the wall wins and nothin g is done but build more frustration) so that we can comprehend the conditions in which we now find ourselves. Less reactive, less fear, and more grounding ourselves in that space which opens up in stillness, so that we can actually begin to see, to respond as effectively as possible to the suffering at hand.
There is no formula, Christian, Muslim, Judaic, Hindu, Buddhist, far more and other and more, that can tell us what to do. We must listen, we must breathe, and we must be compassionate – towards ourselves and others.
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