We are at a point where even us pacifists may feel compelled to protect ourselves with arms that the NRA is thrilled we now may require. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” they say, and it is a sad testimony to the state of the human soul that this statement is true. On a practical level, we can certainly make weapons harder to obtain and address the problems of mental illness that infect our society, and we should, most definitely. But until we the people actually experience a profound shift in our desires, we will continue to witness insanity. Until we the people embrace the goodness, love, acceptance, forgiveness, courage and fortitude of unselfishness, we will continue to be traumatized by our selfishly evil propensities. Until we the people are moved by our own inner soul qualities, qualities that allow us to feel our sacred connection to one another and to all of life, we will experience the collective pain that our delusion brings upon us. It is we the people who elect the politicians who support our desires and fears. It is we the people who are addicted to the latest, most graphic shoot ‘em up, blow ‘em up movies. It is we the people who sit for hours on end playing the most violent of imaginary video games. It is we the people who create and thrive on music that pollutes who we are. It is we the people who idolize fame and fortune at the expense of our souls. This is our culture. This is what we created. Like it? Want more?
So we mourn the loss of two more bright stars while being at a loss to explain the mindset and actions of their killer. Alison and Adam were indeed bright young stars, an inspiration to those who knew them, worked and played with them and loved them. Now all of us who have hearts are drawn to them by the love that connects us all. And it is this love that transcends the insanity we witness. It is this love that is drawing us into our own soul experience, so that we as a culture may choose differently. It is this love that is calling us to create art and culture that reflects inclusion rather than exclusion, love rather than hate, peace rather than incessant war. Alison and Adam are at peace, I am certain – their mission accomplished. Like Christ, their goodness has opened our hearts to allow the manifestation of our soul’s yearning – to love and be loved.
The dysfunctional yogi