We are here to love life and pass it on. We love life by doing what we love. We pass it on by helping others do what they love. Is this simple, or, as they say, what? "How can I help?" is the question we ask of each situation as it arises. What will likely help the most is two things: Hearing what is being said in the situation, and hearing how it is being said. The how is more important than the what. In each situation, we are being asked to respond to the what and to the how. Respond to the how first. The how conditions the what. What is being said with the how? Anger? Sadness? Joy? Excitement? Depression? Hope? Hopelessness? The list is long, but it won't take you long to identify the what of the how. Once you get a sense of that, acknowledge it appropriately, and see where that leads. Address the how first because that may alter the what, shifting the focus of the situation in an entirely different direction from what it would have been if you had made the what your first order of business. Situations are rarely what they appear to be. The how is a clue to what is behind the scenes-- to the what hiding in the what-- to the what else is there besides the apparent what. You are already helping the situation, and you just got started! The key to all of this is turning the light around, the light being your focus as you go about your life. Enjoying your life just as it is right here, right now, is your proper focus-- loving your life "thus come," "as it is," and helping others love their life in the same way-- and this is a shift in focus from the normal way of living to exploit every situation as it arises for what you take to be your advantage, your good, your profit, your gain... We think we are a failure if we don't have more at the end of the day than we had at the beginning. We are a failure if we don't enjoy the day just as it is from start to finish! Day after day, year after year. That's turning the light around. It is all we need to do to transform our life and help everyone toward a better life than the life they are living. Mind how you go!
I don't have any idea why I like what I like. Do you? And if you do, ask "Why?" of every answer, and you will eventually get to the point of saying, "I don't have any idea." I don't know why I see things the way I do. Do you? Same thing about "Why" after every answer. Same outcome: "I don't know why." I don't know why I feel the way I do; why I have the opinions I have; why I believe what I believe; why I do what I do; what is guiding my boat on its path through the sea... And on, and on, and on... We are held in place and motivated by forces we cannot imagine. "DNA" is as close as we can come. But: "How did it get into our DNA?" And: "Where does DNA come from?" Etc. On and on... We all are "Working on mysteries without any clues" (Bob Seger, "Night Moves,"). If you think we are not, start asking, "What makes me think so?" and ask that of every answer you come up with, and "How do I know that is so?" and "How do I know they know what they are talking about?" We take it all "on faith." Because that is where all the questions lead. And we don't know what is beyond that. Or, if anything is.
I recommend stepping into each day unarmed and ready for anything-- with nothing to gain and nothing to lose-- interested only in seeing what happens, what you do in response, and where it goes. Our only guidance and direction comes from doing right by the moment in light of all things considered. What does the moment call for? What response shall we make? Don't have a plan beyond looking and listening, seeing and hearing, and asking all the questions that beg to be asked by the situation at hand. Questions lead the way. "Answers are merely steps on the way to better questions" (Author unknown). Every answer comes packed with questions to be asked of every answer. Do not leave any question unasked! Don't take anything more seriously than it deserves. And mind where you go.
All we have is Truth. Truth is all there is. Truth is our only weapon, defense, comfort, redeemer, refuge, friend in our confrontation with deception, illusion, delusion, lies, fear, hatred, terror, anger, rage, violence, viciousness, ruthlessness, hopelessness, oppression, suppression, genocide, murder, futility, absurdity, stupidity inhumanity, darkness and death. Truth stands its ground, unflinching, unperturbed, unimpressed and unafraid. Truth is the solid rock, the ground and foundation of equanimity, balance and harmony. The source of the Tao. The integrating wholeness of Yin and Yang. The origin and end of all that is. Truth holds everything together. And asks all of the questions that beg to be asked by everything that is, and was, and will be. It is Truth all the way down. Servants of Truth simply ask the questions that cry out to be asked, and let nature take its course, trusting themselves to Truth all the way.
The rallying cry of Fascists around the world is: "It is people like you who make people like us hate people like you! And we have to kill you before you take over and confiscate our guns and treat us like we treat you!" Fascists live in fear of everyone not like them. Black people and Asians are most easily identified as "not like them," so they go at the top of their list, but The Libs are also there, and anyone with a foreign accent, or a foreign sounding name, or anyone wearing a mask, or not wearing a red cap. Fascism is terror and hatred given free rein. Fascism is at the heart of every Pogrom ever launched for whatever "reason." And there are not "fine people on both sides." Fascists hate fine people, and murder them in their dreams, and in real time. And fascists and fascism are taking over democracy. Democracy lends itself to fascist takeovers. All fascists have to do is keep people from voting. Gerrymandering and voter suppression make it a snap. Those of us who are not fascist have to become the enemy of fascism the fascists think we are. We have to become vocal, visible, calling it out, making it known, declaring it to be the evil it is, giving it no quarter, no disguise, no place to hide, naming it, denouncing it, opposing it at every point. We can start by not calling them "Republicans," but Fascists-- because that is who they are.