Here is a sampling of some of my perspectives.
I’m open to alternate perspectives and welcome my views being challenged!
The Transcendent is at our Core. I believe our sole purpose in life is realizing this. Whether we call this God, Bhraman, Yahweh, Allah, Source, Truth, Dharma, Kensho, Tao, Consciousness or Buddha Nature, is not significant in my work. Each religion, spiritual, philosophical, or scientific practice is an attempt to tap into this. Each worldview has its own particulars which I respect. However, what matters to me is the Common Ground within each and every one of us.
We need to realize that whenever we engage in any violent conflict, we’ve already lost. There are no winners in war. The pain we inflict on our enemies is the pain we’ve inflicted on our Soul, and Collective Spirit. We all share the same Consciousness.
We do need to love our enemies even if we resort to bombing them. We might fight war but it should be done ensuring that we are sensitive to the human costs on all sides as we engage in violence. And if we inflict pain and trauma on enemies or collaterals, we should have a full willingness to reconcile and heal with them.
Juxtaposing war and love might sound funny… but it’s a Higher Truth, way beyond simply waging a rationalized, unfeeling, ungodly war.
Society’s relationship ladder and notions of what constitutes a right vs. wrong relationship between two or more people never made sense to me. Each person or persons we relate to we connect with on a unique physical, emotional, and spiritual wavelength. There is no single definition or criteria of what that is.
Each and every relationship in our life is precious. Progress in a relationship I believe is not about closeness with each other, but rather closeness to the Higher Truth within us. The purpose of relationships with each other is to realize Spirit within more deeply.
Consensual drug-use and sex work should be divorced from legality. Whether right or wrong, it’s not a government’s role to legislate or regulate individual human choices. The government is not the authority over society, but rather its servant.
Private 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 I believe should be out of it.
Killing an embryo or fetus is never a desirable situation. However, each human has a different perspective 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, others somewhere in between.
My perspective is that life 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 education, dialog, reflection and more effective prevention techniques.
Humans are crushing our environment in many ways. Some ways are trivial and others are more significant. Much of our work should be to develop seamless processes where we use cleaner sources of energy and adopt healthier lifestyles without disrupting our quality of life.
I do believe the planet serves our progress (not that we serve the planet). This is a controversial view, but what I currently believe. That said, even if we perceive nature as under the dominion of our Higher Self, it’s our imperative to be as respectful a custodian as we can be.
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 publicly described metric I believe 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.
Learning might privately use their own metrics, or have metrics that are just for themselves and tracking their own growth. I believe that is fine if they find it helpful. But a system that pits one learner against another, and tries to validate how well we learned, rather than encourage everyone to grow, discover, and explore in a way aligned with Spirit, crushes our innate, natural process of learning.
- Gratuitous violence, profanity, and sex can be disturbing. However, though critics like to focus on these issues, I believe these AREN’T the real danger to our society.
- The first dangerous premise in media is promoting the assumption that the best way to fight evil is to kill or eliminate our enemies as we see them to be. This is psychopathic.
- Media literally programs our mind to operate in terms of “us vs. them”. We don’t even realize our minds are being programmed.
- The second dangerous portrayal in media is conveying a high value for social validators such as status, sex, rank, money, and worldly achievement. These validators can disrupt our connection to, and negate the primacy of, Truth within us as our guide.