What are you living for? Or perhaps, you might prefer the question, for whom are you living?
In a world suffering in the endless ramifications of "separation", these questions are of great importance. For what they boil down to is whether or not you (specifically you) will accede to the death of this child: it is as simple as that. Every separation requires a corresponding justification: to conclude and accept the death of this child by any action -- or by every inaction -- is to have made a significant choice... and we can't kid ourselves: our guilt and shame will forever cast a shadow upon our hearts...
The religion, economics, and politics of separation are rooted in the "devil". Not the devil of religious fantasy, but the root awareness of "matter" veiling the real Reality of Oneness: the "devil" is the way in which we see and "divide": me and you, better or worse, good and bad, beautiful or ugly, us and them, saved and unsaved, in or out, matter and consciousness, spirit and flesh, male and female: and on and on. These "divisions" are an important part of our journey in life -- initially they are essential for survival: eat this but don't eat that because it will kill you... and then on into our teen years where the separation from parents is important for becoming an adult. But the obvious problem is the intentional cultivation by Power and Privilege (the Dominator Paradigm) of a perpetual teenage mentality / spirituality in the masses of people... While adults are freely conscious beings, aware of choice and responsibility, and capable of acting for the good of all: the perpetual teen, on the other hand, is easily manipulated into an "us against them" mentality; the perpetual teen lives for the easy and quick gratification of desires, limited responsibilities, and in the spiritual dilemma of wanting "Daddy" to solve problems (but with a powerful resentment of the need for a "Daddy" at all)...
Into this devil-of-a-situation, walk the Beings of Great Wonder: Lao-Tzu, Siddhartha the Buddha, Kuan Yin, Socrates, Yeshua the Poet, Mary the Companion of the Poet, Rumi the Ecstatic, Francis of the Lepers, Hildegard the Singer, Teresa of Avila... and on into more recent times with Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Wangari Maathai, Nelson Mandela, and on and on... In every age, wonderful beings rise up to call us forward into our possibilities: it really does matter as to whose voice you are listening to!
If the voice you are hearing is speaking words of "separation" (like the words from Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Steve King, and Michelle Bachman, etc.) turn them off! If the voice you are hearing is coming from a pulpit -- the least you can do is stop giving it money -- but why even attend such a service? I believe that it is "Rumi-Time": it's time to survey this precious blue Planet with the eyes of Unity instead of division: we do not need any religion that preaches separation! We are one with the Divine Consciousness as we are all sisters and brothers: no difference! We don't need any religious authority to justify violence, economic exploitation, the oppression of women, or the acceptance of inequality: we are one with the Divine and sisters and brothers all! And most certainly, we don't need any politician, billionaire, or crook to manipulate systems for their continued power and privilege: we are one with the Divine and sisters and brothers all! Finally, we don't need any paid quack or hack to tell us to ignore science or the warnings of the Planet itself: we are meant to live as stewards of this precious blue Planet -- with an eye and heart looking seven generations forward: yes, this is most definitely, Rumi-Time: "Let the Beauty you love, be what you do".
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.