I’m open to alternate perspectives and welcome being challenged. My goal isn’t to sell my perspective to anyone but rather share how I see things. So here is a sampling of some of my perspectives:
There’s a Transcendence at the core of existence. Whether we call this God, Source, Truth, Dharma, Consciousness or Buddha Nature, doesn’t matter. Each religion, spiritual, philosophical, and scientific practice is an attempt to realize this. Each system has its own particulars. And each system different from our own can offer to us something unique and valuable. Yet, whatever our belief system, there’s Common Ground in our understanding. This is what’s most essential to tune into in dialoging with those of different faiths.
We do need to realize that if we engage in armed conflict, we lost. There are no winners in war. The pain we inflict on our enemies is the pain we inflict on ourselves. We share the same Consciousness. And we do need to love our enemies even if we resort to killing/bombing them. That said, we might fight war but it should be done ensuring that we are feeling the human costs on all sides as we engage in conflict. And if we inflict harm on collaterals or enemies, we need to do so with a full desire to reconcile and heal together. This might all sound a bit funny… but it’s the Higher Truth than simply fighting a rationalized, unfeeling war.
Society’s relationship ladder and notions/categories of what is, and isn’t, a ‘relationship’ never have made sense to me. Each person we relate to we connect with on a unique emotional, physical, and spiritual wavelength. Each and every relationship in our life is precious. Progress in a relationship is not that we are more close to each other, but rather to the Higher Truth we all share. The purpose of relationships with others in our life is ultimately to realize our Spirit more deeply.
Consensual drug-use and sex work should be divorced from legality. Whether right or wrong, it’s not the government’s role to legislate or regulate individual human choices. The government is not the authority over society, but rather its servant. Outside organizations, such as churches or counselling houses, should be providing support, resources and help to people to make informed, compassionate, and reflective choices. But the government should be out of it.
Killing an embryo or fetus is never a good outcome. However, each human being has a different perspectives on when human life starts. This perspective determines our position on this issue. Some err on the side of life at birth, others err on the side of choice until birth. My perspective is that human life actually precedes conception (a spiritual perspective). But whatever the case, we can all agree that much of our work and thrust of our efforts should be on how can we minimize or eliminate the possibility of even getting to the point of having to consider an abortion, through better education and more effective, diverse prevention techniques.
Humans are polluting the environment in many, many ways. Some ways are trivial and others are more significant. The point is to evolve society to the point where we can use cleaner sources of energy and healthier lifestyles without disrupting our progress as a human species. I do believe the planet serves us (not we serve the planet). This is a controversial view, but what I currently believe nonetheless. That said, even if nature is our dominion, it’s our imperative to be as good a custodian as we can.
The beauty of capitalism is freedom. The ugliness of capitalism is freedom to exploit. Work is servitude if one doesn’t have the choice to leave a job for economic reasons. That’s de-facto economic slavery to an authoritarian organization, which is prevalent through the world. Can we take the best and leave the best? What can we do to encourage freedom and options for each of us to create and innovate, while at the same time ensuring that we never have to be victim to economic coercion or oppression in the process?
Ranks, scores, grades, and any public metric should be removed from the education system on all levels. What do we do instead? We’ll figure it out. Doesn’t matter. These numbers devalue real education. Students might privately use their own metrics, or have metrics that are just for themselves and tracking their own growth — that is fine if they find them helpful. But a system that pits one learner against another, and tries to validate how good we learned, rather than encourage everyone to grow, discover, and explore in a way aligned with the Spirit within them, is evil and devastating to our mind.