The Way Things Work
There is a great difference between commerce and humanitarianism, not only in the motives but in what they teach. The extension of Love cannot be commercialized and remain what It is. Commercialism involves a product for which a charge is made, and the charge includes what is necessary to have produced it, together with enough profit to be able to produce more and therefore reach more buyers — to say nothing of making the producers a financial success.
Commercialism is a private affair for both the producer and the buyer. Neither one knows the other, nor does he care to. The transaction is the way each one gets what he wants, and that’s all there is to it. If everything is thought through well, commerce thrives. But, you know what? No one has been touched by another. No one has been touched by another! Autonomy, privacy and independence have been promoted and confirmed at the expense of the nourishment inherent in joining, caring and being the presence of Love.
When a laborer creates something for a paycheck from an employer instead of creating it for the one who will end up possessing it, a barrenness of humanity and meaning replaces a “connection” essential to the human sense of well-being — involvement — something which is fundamentally essential to the experience of one’s divinity. And you are seeing rampant evidence of this barrenness of humanity and meaning manifesting itself violently around the world.
You are watching the pinnacle of commercialism failing, together with the power it supposedly brings. In the end it is powerless in the face of the human spirit. The inherent dignity of the human being — the holy son or daughter of God — will not acquiesce to the indignity of having its function ignored. Neither money nor the power of those who possess it will assuage the demand for involvement — joining, caring, and being the conscious presence of Love. This is, and had better be, a turning point.
It does not require a lot of money for one to be in the self-satisfying position of independence and autonomy, together with the “power” such independence brings and the insulation it provides from having to be involved. Commercialism has taught everyone well. Or shall I say, selfishness, self-centeredness, has caused one to value independence at the expense of brotherhood and commercialism has been chosen as the vehicle of choice to accomplish it
I am serious here. And everyone else needs to be, too.
Don’t look at the “poor refugees” in Third World countries or those of all colors who are killing police and everyday citizens —going on shooting rampages in malls and theaters — as though they are the product of an environment that is not yours. Don’t look at them without looking at yourself and asking, “Why am I not feeling exactly like them when I am being discounted and I am discounting others in the name of successful independence.” “Why am I not seeing that I am the one who is ‘poor,’ not them, because my independence constitutes the barrenness and meaninglessness that they have enough connectedness to see and object to?”
Poor perspective, ignorance, accounts for the fact that you can look at them and see them as “marginalized,” without seeing that you have been marginalized by the “system,” and are completely unconscious of it.
When you find justification for maintaining distance from your brother, when you find yourself reluctant or unwilling to engage in the two-step — the holy instant — so that you might forgive and join with your brother, you demonstrate your barrenness and provide yourself evidence of your need. It’s time to feel it and free yourself from the independence you “thought” was freedom by becoming intimately involved with each other at the very human level of your humanity, and do it with the Holy Spirit . . . for here is where your divinity is found.
And that’s the way things work!
September 9, 2015