Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Life Worth Living Requires That You Learn to Look Up

So many look at them, but don't truly see them. Is that you?

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This was written not long before Trump colluded and cheated his way into the White House. I'm reposting it because today he ended DACA, which protects children of undocumented immigrants. It was an act of tremendous moral evil and cowardice, and it reflects directly on each and every American.

Looking up, spiritually, is, in opposition, a tremendous personal act of moral decency and courage. By the very nature of the action it eschews indifference to monstrous evil like Trump's and demands that we do something about the injustice we see around us. If you want to actually see the light, you must be worthy of the light. You must change who you are and fight for it. You must develop the spiritual neck muscles and train your spiritual optic nerves. There is no other way.

This blog will never be popular or referenced by "thought leaders" or big-time influencers, in all likelihood, and that's fine. One of the reasons it probably won't be is what I'm about to say, and that's this: You are not allowed to continue visiting this blog if you remain indifferent to the grinding evil that is consuming this planet right now. You are not allowed to continue visiting this blog if you refuse to look up.

I can't stop you, that's true. But I want you to be very clear: this blog isn't for people like you. It's for the courageous, the decent, the true, the warriors of the light. And you aren't.

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Cathedral of Light
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 IT ASTONISHES me how many people refuse to look up, to bathe themselves in the descending light.

I'm not talking physically: that's a trivial thing to do. The sun rises, the sun sets, and sometimes folks actually look at it. The moon goes through its phases, and sometimes it gets noticed as well. The stars wheel soundlessly above, and occasionally we'll go out and look up at them.

No, I'm talking spiritually. I'm talking about looking up and seeing the good in this world, and taking the time to give thanks and praise, and to call that good what it is.

We live in a moral universe. I know that doesn't jibe with the current, dominant mindset, which clings to a materialistic worldview, but I don't care. I'm convinced that underlying the foundation of the physical universe is a moral infrastructure.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Martin Luther King Jr. knew it, and so do I.

People don't want to believe that evil exists, let alone that they may very well embody it. Look at the modern Republican party. Look at their candidate for president. Look at what they say in comment strings all over the Internet. The light cascades down, it illuminates everything—but they have dug themselves into a hole and refuse to see it, let alone call it good, and attack folks who try, or do.

Looking up and calling good good requires courage and faith. It requires a constant willingness to change and to admit that you might be wrong. It requires that you learn the art of appreciation and unlearn what you've been brainwashed into doing since you took your first breath, and that is mindless consumption. It requires compassion, resilience, honesty, and reflection, none of which is easy to develop.

For far too long I kept my chin down, my gaze fixed at my feet. But a life worth living requires that you learn to look up. For the human species and, indeed, this world to survive, it’s what all of us must learn to do.


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Coming fall 2017



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