WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE

  1. Islamist DOES NOT EQUAL Islamic
    I live in a town FOUNDED BY KKK MEMBERS and some of them politicized their Christianity to defend/fuel their racism. But Christianist DOES NOT EQUAL Christian.
  2. In public forums, I've heard a lot of people talk about the Orlando murderer's religiosity and deride Liberal America's unwillingness to acknowledge religion as a cause of the massacre.
  3. But I don't get it!!
    Can someone explain this to me?! Because I DON'T GET IT.
  4. Want to talk about politicized worship as a source of danger?
  5. How about the politicized worship of assault weapons??
  6. How about the politicized worship of individualism and power and American exceptionalism??
  7. What this guy did was so fucked up. And his motives matter, of course! What I can't stand is this finger-pointing that says, "The only thing wrong here is this guy and his story."
  8. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE.
  9. I am responsible.
  10. And it's fucking breaking my heart.
  11. But don't you dare let me escape that responsibility.
  12. Because focusing just on the perpetrator's "why" is a way of NOT focusing on society's "how."
  13. And this will keep happening.
  14. As long as we ignore. As long as we shrug. As long as we don't vote, don't make known our outrage, don't engage in real stewardship of this country and all of our people.
  15. As long as we focus on feeling "distinct from" vs. "connected to."
  16. "Just as a mother would guard her child, her only child, with her own life, even so let me cultivate a boundless mind for all beings in the world. Let me cultivate a boundless love for all beings in the world, above, below, and across, unhindered, without ill will or enmity."
    From the Metta Sutta, the Buddhist prayer for loving kindness - often spoken for the dead.
  17. So for me, now, a reminder: I am not separate from those with whom I disagree.
  18. I can be mad (I am) and upset (yes), and tomorrow I will wake up and ask myself: How can I be a friend to the world?
  19. And then I must go do it. With joy and anger and love and sorrow. I just have to go do it.
    Please join me.