I wish democracy worked as advertised. Majority rule and all that jazz. Money owns the government. The people don't have a chance. And the people have to understand that and not give a damn. The attitude of the people cannot/must not be hopelessness and a loss of faith in government. The attitude of the people must be "We don't care what our chances are! We demand accountability and responsibility on the part of our elected officials! And that means getting money out of politics, and resetting the system to work like it is supposed to work with everyone getting to vote and the checks and balances in place working to check and balance, etc." But, the catch is, the people have to do their part. They have to vote out the liars and conartists, and vote in integrity and sincerity. The people is/are the weak point in the system, and the system will be no better than the people who put the politicians in office. When Lester Maddox was governor of Georgia, he said, "There is nothing wrong with the penal system in the state of Georgia that a better quality of prisoners wouldn't fix," or words to that effect. Just so. There is nothing wrong with democracy that a better quality of voters wouldn't fix.
Heart is the hardest thing to find and the easiest thing to lose. The heart monitors that are available to us are no help with this. We have to tend our own degree of heartfulness throughout the day, week, month, year of our life. How's your heart rate now? I don't mean your pulse rate. I mean the rating of your heartfulness. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being "busting out all over," and 1 being in need of life support. How much heart is in what you are doing throughout each day? Where is your heart when it is not in what you are doing? What is it longing for? If you were going to live in the service of your heart, what would you be doing that you are not doing? What would you not be doing that you are doing? Our fealty, liege loyalty, filial devotion are to our heart in all times and places. We cannot allow anything to take our heart away from us. To rob us of our heart. We are our heart's champion! We are the knight in armor protecting our tender heart! We cannot give ourselves to the things that we have no heart for! What is the heart quotient in all of the things we do? In all of the paths we walk? Are we on a path with heart? When do we get off the path with heart onto some other path, though it be a delight to the eyes and delicious to the taste? If it be not a path with heart it be death in disguise. Stay off those paths! Keep your distance! Beware the heartless wonders! Know what lies behind the smooth talk and glib promises! Let heart lead the way! Check your heart rate-- the degree of heartfulness in what you are doing-- throughout each day. Counter heartlessness with heartfulness at every point! Do not allow heartlessness to get out of hand! Create a sacred space within which you place things full of heart for you, books, art, symbols, music, photographs... Let it be your recovery room. Go there often for spiritual uplift and rejuvenation. Do the things you can do with all your heart! How long has it been? Make sure it is often from this point on! What is the easiest thing to lose and the hardest thing to find? Guard it with your life! Do not let it out of your sight! Live in ways that restore your heart, and tend its interests and its needs from this point on through all the time left for living!
No one. I mean absolutely no one. Not Jesus. Not Moses. Not Abraham. Not any of the prophets. Not the Buddha. Not any of the Bodhisattvas. Not any of the Saints. Not the Prophet. Not Nobody, Not Nohow. Has had it all together and achieved perfection and been exactly who they needed to be when, where and how they needed to be, to be what the situation called for in the moment it was called for. And so the saying, "It is easier to be a saint (etc.) than to live with one." Everyone was still on their way to maturity and grace when they died. And everyone will be. Which A) lets me and you off the hook, and B) means the work is never done, and therefore C) we, like Sisyphus before us, get up every morning and take up the work of seeing, hearing, knowing, understanding what's what and what needs to be done in response to it in every moment of every day our entire life long. Every day is the first day. Every situation is unlike any before it. Every moment calls for emptiness, stillness and silence in order to align ourselves anew with our original nature and the innate virtues that are ours from birth, so that we might meet the moment with what we have to serve and to share here/now, again, and again, and again... There is no auto-pilot. No days off. No times out. We are always on call. And the moment is always awaiting our response. It is always our place to make the best of what's what with the best we have to offer time after time. It is the way.