Despite the many honorable accomplishments of the human race to date, we still have a long way to go to bring responsible freedom, peace, and justice to our giant ball of confusion.
Ignorance, bigotry, poverty, materialism, militarism, contention, greed, corruption, censorship, superstition, fear, scapegoating, exploitation, violence, obedience, conformity, cynicism, apathy, tribalism, terrorism, racism, sexism, nationalism, partisanship, and religious zeal conspire in so many vicious cycles as both causes and effects of each other… stifling scientific and moral progress everywhere and claiming countless innocent victims every day.
So, what can any rational and decent person do to give beauty, truth, and goodness a chance in the face of the nauseating and heartbreaking insanity of it all?
The answer, of course, is found in some simple, but inconvenient, truths…
… that finger-pointing is just guilt turned outward.
… that monasticism is just escape from responsibility.
… that peace and justice are not someone else’s job… “God” included.
… that there are countless simple, not to be confused with easy, ways to contribute everywhere and every day.
… that the solutions are crystal clear to anyone who has the guts to rush towards ground zero while everyone else is running the other way (or at least looking the other way).
… that every attempt to find the answer outside of myself fails miserably… and always leads back to number one.
… that the solutions start to reveal themselves the moment I stop looking for salvation and start being the salvation.
And so, as “unfair” as it might seem, the energy required to unravel so many knots of ignorance and the strength to heal so many festering wounds can only come from the adults among us… we who refuse to be victims… we who refuse to wallow in resentment… we who have the love, wisdom, and courage to do something besides complain, blame, pray, or lament.
And so, whether we like it or not, those of us who know better must do better… even if we are least to blame. This is not a mission for the ignorant, selfish, fragile, or faint of heart, but for the most privileged among us, those both blessed and burdened with the knowledge of good and evil.
If the answer does not come from those of us who know better, where will it come from?