The Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump crowd cannot tolerate anyone who doesn't see/think the way they do. They have only contempt, ridicule and disdain for those not like them. And that is the one characteristic preventing the realization and implementation of mutually beneficial ways of living together. They cannot enjoy life thinking that there are those Not Like Them who are also enjoying life. It is people like those not like them who make people like them abhor/hate/despise/demolish/destroy people not like them. The anti-abortion crowd can only abhor/etc. women who cannot carry their pregnancy to term. They cannot hold those women in their compassion, honor their position and allow them to have a necessary/essential abortion. Their position is that there are no necessary/essential abortions. This is called the exclusion of opposites and opposition. White supremacists will not, cannot, allow the existence of anyone not like they are. They exist to exterminate everyone they declare to be different, and will not rest until the entire population of the planet walks lock-step with them toward goals and ways of living they admire and esteem. If you are outside of their range of acceptability, you must die. If you look different, you are different, good-bye, good-bye, good-bye. How do we all live together in ways conducive to the life of all of us? When one of us lives to make life for the other impossible, how do we live together at all? We need some ground of being together that does not exist. If I had the power, I would arrange the world in such a way that made our breathing contingent upon our compassion for one another, so that as our hatred for the other increased, our ability to breathe decreased. We would be forced to work sincerely together for the good of each of us individually. If the world had been that way from the start, it would be way different by now from the way it is. As it is, we are stuck with keeping ourselves safe from those who just want us dead. If this is the best God could do, God should be fired. If this is not the best God could do, God should be fired. A God who lets things play out until everyone who is different is dead is a God whose breathing needs to be linked with compassion. That is a link that would solve a lot of problems.
Our original nature expresses/exhibits itself in what is naturally right for us, in the things we do spontaneously out of our center in responding to the moments of our day. We have natural propensities and predispositions that show themselves in what we are drawn to and what we are repelled by. Our natural way of life is how we would live if it were up to us. How far apart is the life you are living from the life you would be living if it were up to you? That disparity is reflected in your emotional response to your life. What is your predominant emotion? If you could change your life in a way that would better reflect who you naturally are, your predominant emotion would change in response to the change in your life. We are here to guide our living toward our natural bent and drift. We have to be intent on serving our original nature in the decisions and choices that are ours to make. We negotiate compromise solutions between what is required of us to pay the bills and what we are paying the bills to do. We have to bring our life to life in the life that we live. That is our role and our dharma/duty to ourselves. We are the steward of our life, and if we aren't taking care of our original nature, and working into our life the things that are naturally ours to do, we are paying a price, and need to rethink what we are doing, and how we might change what we are doing in order to work ourselves back into our life as we were at the beginning. There are three things that matter: Our original nature. Our balance. Our harmony. We live to balance our original nature with the conditions and circumstances of our life, and to live in harmony with both our nature and our circumstances. We make the peace. We negotiate the conflicts and opposition. We are the champion of our original nature within the inorganic demands of daily life. That is our part in this framework. It matters how we live within the choices that we get to make. Our place is to bring us to life within the life we are living. We are to live in order to be alive. Be good to you.
No one can give us our path. We discern that for ourselves using "the eyes of the heart." Only we know what is right for us and what is wrong, what resonates with us and what grates our soul and sets our teeth on edge. We do not trust other people to order off the menu for us, or tell us when we have had enough to eat. Our life is up to us to live for ourselves. There are no black foot prints to follow. No one-size fits all pattern for each of us on the way to the realization of what we are capable of. Our quest is for the authenticity of our own original nature. It is an individual quest for a life lived out of our own center-- a life that is true to ourselves, a natural outpouring of who we are in the world of concrete and steel, rocks and trees and buzzing honey bees. Listen to the silence and attend what arises there to call, compel, entice, and excite. And summon the courage to follow what beckons along a path that appears as you start walking, into all that awaits along the way.