If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
— Lao Tzu
This world is constantly attempting to provoke a response to its seemingly endless stimuli.
React to this!
And as soon as you finish engaging with one phenomena, a new one comes into view.
It’s exhausting, isn’t it?
All of the manifestations of mysticism that I’ve come across are based on the idea that the external world does not bring lasting peace. We may find it for a day, or a month or even a few years but some aspect on which that happiness is dependent will inevitably come crashing down. When we put our sense of well-being on the external world, we are Sisyphus, struggling to push that ancient boulder up the hill. …
All things are but masks at God’s beck and call,
They are symbols that instruct us that God is all.
— Farid ud-Din Attar
It’s the 21st century. The word “God” could be the most loaded term in all of the English language. There is not a more diverse set of meanings for the same grouping of letters, which is why I personally try to avoid using that term as often as I can.
Before I go in, this is for other uncertain white folks. I’m not about to tell black people and other communities of color what they should be doing, or how they should be protesting, or how MLK III should be interpreting MLK Jr.’s words—those are their decisions to make. …