No Lives Matter
All Lives Matter
And Why Both Are True
We live in an exciting time! Right now, before our very eyes, the true significance of our very existence, the nature and purpose of our values and how our past and future influence our collective consciousness are all under question. The beautiful thing about all of this is that we are each actively involved in this dialogue, even myself. I decided a long time ago to stop watching the news, to quit paying attention to politics, fashion, etc. None of these things directly influence my life in any way. My interest is in the level of consciousness we experience as a species and I participate in that best through daily experiences. I enjoy focusing on active experiences with individuals. This is why I truly love my job. The cafe is a proscenium of human life. Everything happens around cafes. But I digress.
I started this post because I want to talk about duality. Duality and the illusion of separateness has been on my mind a lot lately, and I see it reflected in the greater community. Do our lives matter? Do our values matter? Are values a reason to kill, a reason to die, a reason to fail at your job or to sabotage another's chosen experience of life?
In the grand scheme of things, absolutely nothing we do or say actually matters. When you zoom way out and see the biggest of pictures, our individual life experiences mean absolutely nothing. But the widest picture isn't necessarily the truest picture. The truth is that there is actually no dichotomy. There is no big without the small, no outer experience without an inner experience. There is no community without the individual, and there is no life without death. These are all natural truths which we are being asked to face RIGHT NOW in this time and in this place.
We have an EXTRAORDINARY opportunity RIGHT NOW to examine ourselves as both individuals and as a greater community and ask ourselves, what are the most important values which we all share? We say we value life, but we allow our institutions to treat life as a cheap commodity. We say we value freedom, yet still we ridicule and punish those who choose values that differ from our own *which do not in any way affect our lives*.
The question is simple and we all must decide. That is what the singularity is about, viewing it from a spiritual modality. Nothing is going to collapse down into a singular point of existence if we dissolve the illusion of separateness. This spinning ball of mass we all call our home has already been set into motion and it will keep spinning until it runs out of juice or smashes into some other mass or gets scorched by the sun. Who knows?! The question is, can we all agree that this experience which we are all sharing matters enough to protect and nurture it, not for the sake of some value set, but for the love of existence itself. It will take organization on a global scale to develop a post-Earth strategy which maximizes lives spared. It will take love and acceptance on a global scale to put an end to hunger, unnecessary suffering and death, war and disease.
Until we can put the ego-centric mindset which raised us aside, we will continue to struggle with the questions of whose lives matter and why. This is the pivotal moment. We are asked to examine our own ugliness, our own shadow, our ungodliness. We are being offered a chance to awaken. It is a spiritual renaissance. Our descendants will look back on this time and say, "that was when it all changed." Will it be for better, or for worse?
Now is the time to join together and create something better, despite ourselves and our history of pettiness. That was the purpose of the labor movement, civil rights movement, communism, etc. That work isn't done, but look at all the was accomplished! Our past brought us the where we are now, gave us the opportunity to examine ourselves honestly and to finally put to rest this seeing the other as separate because of sex, race, religion, lifestyle choice, all the reasons we join and identify with our "camp".
Each one of us is called to action. Be the change. Happy Tuesday!