Please take a moment to watch this. A video has not moved so as strongly as this since that really popular Charlie Chaplin video that went around.
You should watch this. You should watch all of this. Right now.
to any soul who is having a rough time at the moment, remember that there are always people who care about you. let people in and allow them to support you, for those who love you will always want to help. we are all stardust and you are beautiful, remember that.
(quasi-relevant rant follows)
Though as far too many people know, love isn’t always present. There are people in this world where cruelty, zeal, indifference, apathy, lust, greed, rage, or more overwhelm the place within them where love, kindness, respect, and decency should be. Destruction and devastation and tragedy happen in their wake.
Love isn’t always present. And some may ask “where was love when I needed it? Where was someone who cared when I needed help? Love failed me when I was hurting the most,” and I wish I had calming, soothing answers that set all things right…but I do not.
This is not a just existence…too much tragedy destroys any theory of consistently applied karma this side of life…but this is not an unjust existence either, with the deck stacked always against us. This existence is what we all collectively make of it. And where we bring love and caring and kindness and understanding to ourselves and others, we shift life in favor of blossoming and healing.
And we need that blossoming in the world. We need that healing. We need to pursue that ideal, and find the love spoken of here, for far too many have been scarred by those devoid of love.
We speak of politics as our savior, or perhaps religion, but without sincere love and caring these things are just as empty and scarring as the individuals who lack them as well, and we know from history, past and present, how easy it is within these systems for dogma and doctrine and zeal to kick love and acceptance and understanding out the door and treat it as a leper.
Love can change the world. It can do even greater. And that can seem absurd or daunting…but a single act, reaching out to a single person, is enough to change everything. Each person carries their own world with them. Love extended to the mourning, to the wounded…to those raped, or abused, or bullied, or ill, or struggling in any way, doesn’t just change the world…it changes many worlds, each of their worlds.
I don’t wish to say we have a duty to love, for love is not obligation, but opportunity, and beyond that, joy. So do you want to change worlds? Become a student of love, empathy, and understanding.
Never give up; No matter what is going on, never give up. Develop the heart; Too much energy in your country Is spent developing the mind, Instead of the heart. Develop the heart. Be compassionate; Not just with your friends, But with everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace; In your heart, And in the world. Work for peace. And I say again, Never give up. No matter what is going on around you, Never give up.Dalai Lama (via elige)
‘I love you’ means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. ‘I love you’ means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.Jonathan Safran Foer (via halgian)
They don’t need to be sent away to a crazy house. They don’t need doctors or people being mad at them. All they need is support. They need someone that will be there no matter how hard they try to push them away. They need a light in the suffocating darkness. They need a friend.
God seems to be slacking..
This is what happens when you redefine goodness from what it is truly Good and nourishing and kind and helpful for those around you, to what old books and religious institutions label as “good.” When the definition of “good” includes “inflicting evil on people”, then you’re working from a very corrupted and twisted definition.
What is Good will not change. What is Good is something even children can reason toward through the Golden Rule. What is Good works for the well-being of all, and comes from a sincere caring for all involved. It is tightly coupled to the reality of all involved. To try to change that, divorce the definition from reality, and declare that hurting and punishing others is “good”, does not change what true Good is. Instead it’s like slight of hand: trickery to make you think it is in the other hand, and mean something else, but true Good can never encompass evil, or work it, otherwise we’re not talking about Good anymore, just smoke and mirrors, a facsimile trying to pass itself off as something that it really isn’t:
“Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. War is peace. Working evil on others is good.”
Twisted, corrupted, hijacked definitions, meant to control and sway the populace.
If there is a God, and he is as these verses and people say, then he is not Good, but also hijacking and corrupting the nature of that idea, and I have nothing but loathing and rebellion for such a being and his followers who deceive the world by declaring that evil is “good”.
But if there is a God and he IS Good, then he (or she or it) is nothing like what these old testament verses and priests and religious institutions say. Good and Love are unchanging. We know what they are like. And if there is a God, and if God is Good, then there is only one verse I know which shows his nature clearly, Corinthians 13-4:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
If God is Good, if God is Love, then replace Love with God in this verse and then Goodness, Love, and God are one, and no evil can be worked from such a being, for it breaks its own nature. And obviously there is a lot that would have to be thrown out, book-wise and theology-wise, which just doesn’t mesh with the idea of a truly Good God.
And if there is no God, then I at least have a very good, strong, and consistent picture of Love and Goodness which is tightly bound to the reality of people around me, and I will follow that, and nurture that in me as I can, and find fulfillment there, and use what I know to see through the deception of those who would steal these words and use them for evil ends.