We all draw water from the same well. The water I'm talking about is the creative source of life and being. And ideas, realizations, imagination, connections, inspiration, zeal, enthusiasm, insight, know-how, awareness. instinct, intuition, premonitions and all the rest of That Which Truly Matters. The source is the origin of all things. Where everything comes from. Where everything we see when we look around came from. The wellspring of living water flows through us all. We are afloat on a spiritual sea, swimming in a spiritual ocean. Buoyed up and carried long by spiritual currents. We are the children--the offspring--of an invisible world. You might think we would do more to enhance and sustain our connections with the ever-present source of life and being. I wonder why we don't. Don't you?
What was Jesus' political solution? The Buddha's? Gandhi's? The Continental Congress'? The political solution does not exist, and is not possible because the solution requires us to work out the answer to Rodney King's "Why can't we just get along?" How does Fascism co-exist with Democracy? What is the political solution there? Politics is the art of the impossible in that it attempts to negotiate mutually exclusive ends. Abortion. Civil Rights. Equal Rights. Etc. People have hard (and fast) feelings about all of the issues that divide and separate us into different sides, and no matter what the law says, enforcement is another matter entirely. Racial segregation has been illegal in the United States (And how united has that ever been?) for nearly 70 years and inequality is as real today as it was 70 years ago, or I completely misread the controversy over Critical Race Theory. There is no political solution to force people to "just get along." Kindness, compassion, generosity, etc., cannot be compelled. No one can be made to grow up. Although all of us grow up against our will. some of us refuse to move in the matter, and that is the blockage in the arterty of democracy. So, what to do? Keep going! Keep living toward Justice! Freedom! Equality! Truth! Anyway! Nevertheless! Even So! In practical terms, this means voting for the Democrat candidate in all elections great and small, no matter what, forever. It means supporting Democrat candidates and the causes of democracy, and taking up those causes in our life, calling out injustice and inequality wherever it appears, and refusing to be silent and compliant in the presence of the Fascist tide apparently sweeping over the land. It means standing for what the flag stands for. It means doing the work of democracy in supporting the ideals of democracy in our life and in the life of our community, by drawing the lines that need to be drawn, Voting and encouraging voter registration and access to the polls in every election. We can't assume that democracy will take care of itself. We have to tend the flames of justice, freedom, equality, truth for as long as we are alive. We continue the Revolution the Founders began. The fight for "liberty and justice for all," for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," is ongoing and eternal, and we all must take our turn in pushing the nation toward the good the Founders served and passed on to us-- knowing that each generation could be the last generation to serve the American dream, and living so as to be certain it will not happen on our watch.
We live to maintain our alignment with the spiritual flow of life and being. We do this by being aware of our balance and harmony, understanding the gyroscope function of our original nature, and doing the work of harmonizing our original nature with the time and place, context and circumstances, of our living in each situation as it arises over the full course of our life. This is called being true to ourselves within the conditions that govern our living from day-to-day. This is the legacy of Jesus of Nazareth, and of all of those like him throughout the ages of human existence. Jesus called it "bearing our cross," living between two worlds-- the world of what our spirit/soul/mind requires and the world of what our environment allows. The work may well lead to an actual cross, and it will certainly lead to a number of metaphorical crosses, whereupon we "die" and are "resurrected," to "die" again and be "resurrected" again all our life long. Every spiritually-attuned person experiences this death/resurrection motif in their work to live with a foot in each world, to walk two paths at the same time-- being true to themselves while remaining in touch with the world of their physical existence. It is the work that will "fill (our) hearts brim-full, and break them, too" (William Alexander Percy).