The complexity of our desires are matched only by the boundlessness of our Vision for an America that can embrace us all. The depths of our disappointment can only be measured against the grand heights of our Hope. The revelation of flaws is a testament to our Faith. But we have Vision and we have Hope and we have Faith. We must stay in the game.
Critics argue that the name Cordoba represents the triumph of Islam over Christianity as that of the grand mosque of the same name built in Spain on the site of a former Christian Church. What they fail to mention is the church site was purchased, not seized, and that it was Christians who turned the 500-year old mosque into a cathedral. It is more likely the beauty that “defied any description” that inspired the name.
Start the movement toward dismantling punitive justice and discovering the justice that comes from love: What is it that we have to see? What do we have to deconstruct? What are we holding onto that it’s time to dismantle in our own hearts so that we can create more space for real justice? This is justice that arises, not out of a sense of punishment, but out of a sense of love, justice that serves and embodies love. Not justice that is confused and mistaken for punishment.
I believe this different world is not only possible but that it can be manifest by achieving a tipping point: one that is ushered in through the existing networks of individuals, informal groups, communities, and organizations that are striving for justice in all areas of society.
Nine Things are Real and Not Real. We, the People, are divided by fear, lack of vision, and imagination is real. The so-called border that divides this land…
I have found the thinking, choices, behavior, and resulting consequences of our people so incomprehensible at a heart level, that my mind has refused to put words to a phenomenon that seems beyond them. when I say our people, I mean OUR people. all of them. the ones that every single human that ever lays eyes on this—from now until the end of time—have a relationship to
For justice to be embodied rather than contrived, we have to walk our talk…radical refers to the root. In choosing Radical Relationship as the perspective that leads every action we take internal and external, real change arises from, gets at, and returns us to our roots: the fundamental Truth of our interconnectedness and unassailable Love that sources us all.
The fact that the task is already pre-determined to be impossible, and one commits to it anyway, assures that it isn’t about you—-your sense of gain, accomplishment, or even your fear of failure—-AND you put your full effort in. And the most important thing is — it must be something you cannot possibly do.” What is that task for you?’ Zen Buddhists the world-over chant what is called the Four Vows.
Where we find ourselves now is a unique moment in time in which the ability to dig deep into this internal arsenal to express our full collective selves as the mighty and powerful agents of justice, freedom, and love that we are is available to us en masse. We can wait for a messiah, preacher, guru, or President to part the raging sea of conservatism or we can disarm the resistance with our capacity for charismatic conversion. Who needs to win when you can win over?
As agents & allies of social change, we, too, represent Hope for a world that has gone a little astray from the path of expressing the best humanity has to offer: love, compassion, fairness, security, sustainability, and self-determination for all living things. We have our work cut out for us. But with a grounded theory, a willingness to learn the art, and a commitment to practice, practice, practice, we can and we will be our best and through our example, through our leadership, we’ll inspire the best in everyone.
Transitions are the doorways to change. Choosing to engage transition and enter each doorway as consciously as possible but with a willingness to not know what’s on the other end is makes that change intentional.