In the last few weeks we have, once again, been presented with
various examples of the vulgar and violent abuses we perpetrate against
one another. From the Boston bombings to the cyber-promotion of violence
against women – we continue to lament over our convictions that a
peaceful and loving end is in nowhere in sight. We respond to these
events with anger, sadness, hopelessness and fear – and perhaps worst of
all – we respond with apathy toward a world gone awry. Our
overwhelming sense of helplessness only compounds the struggle,
culminating in a collective sigh over our burdens to bear.
While I could write volumes on why men abuse women and then proudly
boast about their perceived “conquests” – what good would it really do?
Would it really help to espouse, once again, that we are a society that
sanctions and glorifies violence, power, domination and greed? And what
would it accomplish, to once again, point out that males who abuse
females are not so much psychopathic individual personalities as
successful bi-products of a psychopathic social structure that teaches
and rewards males who conform to social expectations of brutality?
Are we finally prepared to acknowledge the symbiotic link between
war, football, hunting, industrial farming, inhumane business practices,
violent video-game/movie/television content and the tragic outcomes we
encounter or learn about on the nightly news? I’ve honestly become
resolved to the fact that we’re simply not making the link between what we mindlessly engage in and accept and the daily tragedies that we continue to face.
While watching the news last week, we listened to the “experts”
question whether the Boston act of terrorism was “domestic” or
“foreign”. And again I ask…what’s the difference? Is the act any less
heinous if committed by an American vs. foreign born individual or
group? We still haven’t realized the full measure of how our
preoccupation with these inconsequential subtleties reflect our
immaturity as a global population and fuel the very conflicts we so
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
But we still haven’t internalized the gravity of this realization. We
are still very much immersed in the “us” vs. “them” mindset. As long as
we remain resolved to conceptualize the world in this way – we’ll be
hindered in our progress as a human community. Just like the convict
dragging around a ball and chain – we’ll remain shackled to the false
premise of duality.
So once again – for what it’s worth – we are not separate and
wayward travelers – adrift in space – alone and abandoned. We are ONE.
The thoughts, feelings and actions of one are inextricably connected to
the thoughts, feelings and actions of all. We must stop focusing on the
minutia of specific and singular events and broaden our perspectives so
that the BIG picture can come clearly into view.
We must reflect – deeply – about our interconnectedness and stop
dwelling in the realm of individual conflict and the assignment of
blame. We must realize that we each bear the responsibility to mindfully
contribute the full measure of our potential in every moment of every
day – in every situation and with every person, animal, plant, and rock
Due to no fault of our own, we have forgotten who we really are.
Having spent generation upon generation living under the socially
program-induced paradigm of struggle, violence, hatred and fear – we
have lost our identities and the power of our social consciousness has
become disenfranchised. And while I would argue that none of us came out
of the womb aspiring to the lowest order of human potential – our
orientation and induction into the mentality of victimization has
obscured our ability to envision a different and more loving existence.
Unity is not merely a “concept”. Unity is a verb – denoting
action. To unify is to bring together – to meld into a cohesive whole.
Unity cannot, by definition, be accomplished in segments. Like a circle,
it must be continuous – without beginning or end – without angles or
diametrically opposed points.
If you’ve grown weary of the violence, abuse and fear scenario – then
change your perspective to one of peace, love, equity and joy. Changing
your “outlook” will result in your change in behavior and the choices
you make. These changes will trigger a domino-effect of social
transformation that will catch like wild-fire until the whole of the
global population has been ignited with the energy of Oneness. In short –
to change your mind is to change the world.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'