And there is a parallel story, which is our second hopeful area of common ground.
For millennia, our spiritual teachers have pointed us toward the notion that we are indeed all in it together, that as Jesus said, "What you do to the least of us, you do to me."
It doesn't matter what the religious or nonreligious ethical
system is, at the foundation there is love and connectivity. You can see here similar expressions of the
Golden Rule in a number of different traditions.
As philosopher Alan Watts suggested, maybe it's time for the religious people of the world to stop worshipping the finger and instead see where it is pointing. This goes for fundamentalist atheists as well, whose belief in a non-God can be as fervent and rigid as any religious fanatic. Even if they cannot believe in God, they can certainly believe in Good. In the space beyond words and concepts, it's the same thing.
So... what would it be like for Americans to step away from their screens (computer screens, TV screens, and the belief screens that shield us from novel ideas), and gather together in sacred space? What would it be like to call forth that which exists beyond religion and non-religion, and ask ourselves to speak into and listen from that space? There is no political, religious, economic, technical savior who can or will make things right. And " by using the collected heart wisdom of humanity to properly focus our mental capabilities, we might actually be able to navigate the evolutionary passage in front of us.
Will we do it? As baseball great Willie Mays once said, "That's what we're going to play the season to find out."
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