When I brought it to life, before I heard a word, I knew. The shock, sadness and fear etched on the face of the African-American commentator made it clear.
There are the Teachings. We have it on good authority. Jesus and Buddha, as well as many of the myriad seers, sages and saints of the world's religions seem to agree with the Hippies -- and the Beatles. In the final analysis: All you need is Love. It's that simple.
Yet, your Life -- and the fate of this planet -- depends on it. The only thing that is going to save our tails is learning how to love one another -- loving even those whose fear, pain, and grasping make them a pain in the butt. In fact, it is especially those folks who we need to reach.
Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw this clearly. Even if we find ourselves faced off, nose to nose in opposition with those who don't get it yet, we have to keep our hearts open. This is going to take what a young man who Sits with the Wednesday Mindfulness Circle, called Radical Empathy. We need to cultivate the Boundless Compassion and Wisdom inherent in our True Nature.
Each morning I recite the Bodhisattva Vows of Zen Buddhism. Although the translations vary, the essential idea is to commit to getting your act together well enough to really help out. Each day, I vow to pull that off. For better or for worse, 'til death do us part, I'm wedded to this mission.
How about you? Got anything better to do?