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Friday, December 13, 2019

A Good Plan...

I am aligned with the Dali Lama: "We are all Human Beings, first." 

That is a good starting point. We all have a lot in common. Human: hearts, heads, bodies, spirits, energies.

After that things start to diverge. Different bodies. Different cultures, different families, different experiences, different education, different opportunities. Different minds, different shoes. Etc.

How to live with each other? I do believe we are all capable of "doing good" in the world. We also are all capable of "doing bad" in the world. Good actors amongst us. Bad actors amongst us. Not necessarily good or bad people. Good or bad intentions. Good or bad actions.

We are all responsible for all that we do. Maybe Jean Paul Sartre was correct, we are actually responsible for everything in the world. It's a heavy burden. Existential.

So much trouble in the world. So much pain and suffering. So many people divided by belief. So many people unable to agree on basic facts, or any kind of reality. You hope people can agree on facts, truth, some kind of shared reality, but then events prove this wrong over and over.

It's a very human dilemma.

It is disheartening. I am one of those folks who think that a change of consciousness can happen in the blink of an eye. I am hopeful. I do believe in truth, and that we can all decide together to build a better world. But I also realize that other people don't see things the way I see them. And they are willing to kill and commit atrocities to prove their point of view.

It is quite ugly.

What to do? Lean to the light Pilgrim. Try to avoid the darkness. Or if you live in darkness, remember there is light. Maybe it is simple: "There but for the grace of God, go I." And. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Old wisdom. Hard won wisdom.

Stand up. Stand out. Speak up. Damn the torpedos, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, the pricks and kicks.

You don't have to accept some grand program. Live humbly, with grace, compassion, love, and hope for the best.  Lombardi told us: "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going." Seems like a good plan.

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