What are we supporting?

 Refugees at the Madeconia border in 2015. Photo: Seth Frantzman,  via Flickr

Refugees at the Madeconia border in 2015. Photo: Seth Frantzman, via Flickr

We need to take an honest look and see what we are supporting as a society. And then we speak out truthfully, and stand up for what is wise.
— Jack Kornfield

We really need to remember something: Our human genius lies in the fact that we are capable of alchemizing hostilities and injustices into solid-gold compassion and fairness.

We are capable of standing up for what is wise.

MeToo#, journalists who call out government lies and policies of dehumanization, artists who imaginatively tackle greed and corruption, activists who risk prosecution/assassination to protect the water and land we can't live without, lawyers who help tackle customs abuses with pro bono services, communities that rally together to welcome people fleeing war and totalitarianism... Their loving fortitude fills me with hope—and extra motivation to make kindness and respect a big part of my work.

The state of the world is calling us to attend to our hearts and minds, for the sake of transforming humanity. This deeply healing work is about inner alchemy—it’s an intentional process of turning our scrap-metal edges into actionable wisdom. As Stephanie Knox Steiner writes, healing the world requires healing ourselves.

Wisdom spins love. Truth weaves freedom.

Being in loving relationship with ourselves and all of life on this wondrous planet is our truest human purpose at this time. We all have innate talents that can benefit humanity, inside and/our outside of paid work. How each of us chooses to express and embody this purpose is a matter of recognizing, nourishing, and using our creative capacities as unique individuals.

I hear you: the current system tries to crush our spirits at every turn (just look at the daily headlines). And that’s the point I’m after—when we choose to be our most genuine, emancipated selves in every way possible, we show the system that its time is coming to a close. Expressing and embodying our creative wisdom encourages others to do the same. We know this from the likes of history's boldest changemakers (thank you, abolitionists! Thank you, war resistors! Thank you, human/land/animal rights advocates!).

Prior generations gifted us with the expanded freedoms, equalities, and tools to make our lives easier. It’s our turn to believe ourselves into greatness, to borrow Maia Duerr's thoughts in her book Work That Matters. The reason is simple: What we expect is what we end up with—and what we leave for the next generation.

Kimberlyn DavidComment