Friday, April 27, 2012

the Structure of Reality...

All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

~the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I have been contemplating the wisdom of Dr. King..I think he's so much more of a man, so much more the visionary than we often give him credit for. He wasn't just for racial equality, by socio-economic, political, education, equality and integration on all human levels.  Buddhists call it PratÄ«tyasamutpāda, or the doctrine of dependent origination, and dependent arising.  all phenomena are arising together in a mutually interdependent web of cause and effect.  I'm convinced that Dr. King saw all humanity as the children of God.  We are interrelated and interdependent not only with each other, but with all life and "reality" that surrounds us.   This interrelationship goes to the very depths of who we are.

The metaphor I like the most is that the Vast Universe and its worlds are one large orchestral choir, singing a song of joy to the Almighty with a full accompaniment of instruments.  What would this grand production be like, say, if the sting section could not play, or perhaps percussion?  'twould be incomplete, and partial!  We are each a unique instrument in the hands of Consciousness, and can play the tune like no one else can.  Who are we to judge others (or ourselves) as to the need, quality, and sincerity of our particularity, our individuality, our instrument?

I know if Dr. King were alive today, he'd stand up for the cause of economic freedom, equality and security...I know he would stand up where he saw civil (read human) rights denied an individual.    I think had he lived long enough to see American society evolve to its current form that he would stand up for the rights of the disabled.  He would stand up where ever he saw humanity be shut down and put away so as to not be seen.  I dare think, although no one knows for sure, that Dr. King, would (again, with the "given" that he were still alive today) stand up for the rights of gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry.  Let's not forget that it was only in the 70s where stigma even began to lessen regarding "mixed race" couples.  So much has changed, yet so much more needs to be done.

If living with this disability has taught me one thing, its that treating everyone with compassion, and nonviolently standing up against injustice is the human thing to do.  I know that if I am have suffered, or am suffering, that certainly all others in the world are as well.  What can I do to ease all of our burdens?  I cannot fathom how we think skin color, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation separates us in any possible way?  We are  who we aught to be!

Reading Dr. King has helped me understand so many of these issues, and of course he learned much from Ghandi, who in turn was himself responding to the words of Jesus in the Gospel According to Matthew...It is all in one round.  The Holy Wisdom is not a possession of any one religion, scripture, ideology, but all of those are (most often) watered down (through the ages) versions of the Mystical Doctrine.  As one of my Gurus has said to me "Dead Gurus Don't Kick Ass."  In short it means the farther we are away from the source of information, the more we distort it.  Nevertheless, the Original Intent still exists, the ideas are there in, as it were the Perennial Philosophy.

Just like Dr. King, I believe in a day of fullness of mankind's destiny as children of God.  Perhaps when we stop behaving as children, and start living as if it were true thing will change.

~Just Joe

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