Inside the miracle that there is life and earth at all, outside of the miracles that can be witnessed in each moment of mindfulness, there is a gritty layer of unfair.
We all live here, though we see and experience it differently.
There is much we can do, and nothing that will be permanent—we will all be extinct one day.
Kindness matters in the meantime.
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This is my answer, to the meaning of life.
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This is how I reconcile religion and science, spirituality and activism.
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I continue to feel anger at the unfair, rage at all that allows it to continue, self-righteousness when I am attacked as a beneficiary, fear when the unfairness threatens my own survival or the survival of those I love. You too?
I believe kindness can, and needs to, hold room for all of this.
ABS :: draft date 11/3/2016
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