We live to increase our net worth annually. It would be better for all concerned if we lived to maintain our balance and harmony, in the service of our original nature. We think nothing of sacrificing balance, harmony and original nature in the service of our net worth. And wonder why we are not happy with our life and at peace with the world. What robs us of our peace and happiness? What destabilizes our life? What unbalances and disharmonizes us and cuts us off from our original nature? Do we even know? Do we even notice? How long has it been? Since we were balanced, and living in harmony with our natural self? Being true to our natural self requires us to be centered, focused, aware, alert, to all that intrudes, disturbs, disrupts, upsets, unsettles, threatens, impedes, obstructs and interferes with our equilibrium and our connection with the flow of the current of our life. What resonates with us? How long has it been since we resonated with our life? When we live at odds with the life we need to be living, we develop symptoms and twitches, spasms and convulsions-- and know that something is wrong without stopping what we are doing, and finding our way back into the flow of life and being. We medicate ourselves with an assortment of the 10,000 addictions and disappear into a fog of distraction and disorientation. When all we have to do is get back to the truth of our original nature, and live a balanced life (no excesses or extremes) in harmony with who we are. Babies fresh from the womb know how to do as much. And so the saying, "Unless you turn and become as children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Which is the state of balance and harmony in accord with our original nature).
Everyone is welcome just as they are. People exclude themselves based on their refusal to be welcomed and welcoming. Compassion is the key to community. The key which turns every lock, opens all doors, ushers in the kingdom, Nirvana, The Father Shore, Awakening, Illumination, Realization, Human-being-hood... We get compassion by being compassionate. By acting compassionately, we become compassionate. Kindness and compassion are learned traits. We act our way into being. It doesn't matter if we care about people as long as we pretend that we do convincingly. Act like you care in such a way that no one can tell you don't-- including you! Fool yourself! And then forget that you are fooled! Why? you say? Because it is our Dharma/Duty! Compassion where compassion is called for, when it is called for! And kindness! That is the very least that is expected of us all. The result will justify the action. And the behavior will be self-sustaining over time.