I’m going to oversimplify some of the problems facing this world. And I’m going to sound a little “out there”, but as I’ve been watching events transpire throughout the world, one thing has resounded in my mind. The answer is love. The answer to all these problems – from mass shootings, to terror attacks, to brutality in the streets – is love.
Now, I don’t mean love from the amorous view point – as great as that type of love is. I mean the love that comes from seeing each other for who we truly are. And, not only seeing each other, but seeing ourselves that way as well. An often quoted (and attributed to Nelson Mandela) paragraph, from Marianne Williamson explains my meaning very well:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated form our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
If we take this idea of truly loving who we are, and acting accordingly, something very interesting starts happening. We start seeing other people in the same light. Suddenly, there is enough praise and success to go around and no need to pull others down to achieve that success. The harsh words of criticisms find no place in our mouths. Instead, there are words of encouragement, support, and caring. Suddenly, the differences that seem to be tearing countries and families apart become outnumbered by the similarities we all share as humans.
Suddenly, when a deep love of self and love for all humans becomes our goal, the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is attainable.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
This beautiful dream isn’t possible through violence, terror, hatred, or discrediting of others. It is only possible through love. Love for each other as brothers and sisters; love for each other as fellow humans on this planet.
This world is becoming so fragmented and violent. The wounds this causes are enormous and healing will take time, but these wounds can be healed. Let’s start by loving each family member for who they are. And then let’s spread that love to each neighbor, fellow townsperson, citizen, and on up. Filling the world with love, respect, kindness, and gentleness will turn the viciousness away and will make our homes, cities, states, countries, and world a much better place.
Now I’ll get down off of my soap box, thank you for reading!