What is it that I notice about the being of the human beings that I find myself in amidst? Love? No: rare it is that I see loving happening. Hate? No: rare it is that I find hating occurring. Self-expression? No. Rare it is that I see self-expression, in a culture of individuality rare it is to see anything other than ‘Das Man’ – the anybody/everybody.
It occurs to me that loving, hating, self-expression are signs of aliveness. S/he who loves, hates, expresses oneself in how one shows up in the world, is alive! And aliveness is the quality that I find most absent in my every day dealings with my fellow human beings. Our way of being-in-the-world (in the West, for the middle classes) is what I call the ‘walking dead’.
What is it that I notice about the being of the human beings with which I find myself? I notice indifference as the common mode of being-in-the-world. The mode of being-in-the-world is expressed in one pithy word: “Whatever.” And then there are those who take a stand:
“I choose to bigger than the cruelty and the indifference.”
– Chrisann Brennan
It occurs to me that in the world that I find myself constituting, indifference is in and of itself cruel. And you/i can choose to give up playing small, being indifferent – to the quality of our lives, the lives of our fellow human being, and the quality of life itself I leave you with the following quote:
We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family.
We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about.
Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us. It will require courage, audacity and heart.
It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet.
What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people’s lives.
I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings.
If not you, who?
If not now, when?
If not here, where?”
– Werner Erhard