This year's theme for Reconciliation Week in my homeland of Australia is 'Be Brave, Make Change!' This is wise as it takes far more courage to love where there is hurt, than to cling to that hurt as a source of division. This is true for us as a nation, and for each of us in our individual lives. And in terms of our relationship with ourselves and others. It is not love standing in the way of reconciliation. In a human experience, love knows it can't balk at anything. That's why it is so courageous. To us all, love says, 'I am ready when you are!' This piece was first posted on the 26th of January 2018. What a four years it has been for life. It is her we should love for, more than anything else. For life and our sacred mother do not take sides. As she said to me once in Central Australia - 'Why can't we just love!?'
If our world is sick, it is because we make it so. Whenever a human being chooses a course of action and expression that prioritises them, as an individual, over the balance of life itself, life must suffer. Unfortunately for life, it is the default setting of the high income world to place little to no restrictions on the things we do and the lifestyles we create - collectively speaking, of course - all while making declarations of our great love for humanity and the earth on boastful social media posts.
Living like Jesus is actually an option available to all of us. Just like being greedy, boastful, judgmental and excessive is. Both are examples of our human capacities. Our capacity for love. Our capacity for sacrifice. Our capacity for individually centred living.And our capacity for greed. On one end of this scale is the humanity of Jesus. He lived the life he did to show us it could be done. That was the whole point of his life. To show us an actual way of living. An option for how to live. On the other end of the scale is the high-income world. Here one pursues a form of freedom that means one can be, do and have whatever they want, when they want.