"We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it." ~ Thomas Aquinas
Cause and effect? By loving both I find the Truth, or by joyfully accepting opposing points of view I accept the Oneness behind the pinions? The Truth is in loving both? As long as I accept an opinion as true, or reject an opinion as untrue, I continue to express preference within duality. My grimly held opinions are barriers to love. Nagarjuna gently reminds me: What I believe is neither True nor not True....
"Heaven means to be one with God." ~ Confucius
And what has my life been but one long, seemingly endless denial of that Oneness, all for the sake of a tiny slice, insignificant, ridiculous and pitiable, of individuality, so deeply venerated in our culture. Terminal uniqueness.
“Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I'd like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You can't disappoint me” ~ Mary Haskell
Love that line: “you can’t disappoint me”. Disappointment is a choice I make based on an expectation. All expectation is premeditated disappointment. My only Joy comes from seeing You and Me, the essence of You and Me, not the story we have woven to mask the essence.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again