Once, I received a religious pamphlet. I looked at it, read it, and wondered how the world would be different if we pushed a different kind of religion onto one another. Rather than a religion that uses shame to mold us into a diminutive version of ourselves, a religion that uses truth to expand and fill us. I imagine the pamphlet would say something like:
1- You Are Perfect Everything you do is for the benefit of yourself and others. Every thought you think is wise and full of creative power. Your heart is loving and following it is never wrong. You are a righteous being, even when you don’t realize it. 2- You Are Strong Every step you take, every move you make is the correct one. It will take you where you want to go. You can make all your dreams come true. No one can stop you from being who and what you want to be. Persevere when you feel challenged. Rest when you feel challenged. When you stop moving, that is the right time for stillness. To recognize the desire for rest is strength. To take a rest is strength. To move is strength. To not move is strength. There is only strength. 3- We Are Here for Each Other There are many of us here so that we can work together. We are here to provide for each other. We are here to comfort each other. We are here because we all have needs and our number one need is for each other. Sometimes we will be together in motion. Sometimes we will be together in silence. Sometimes we will be together in distance. When one gets up, another sits down. We create this world together and we are all vital to this life. 4- We Promise to Meet Our Needs When one is hungry, we will provide food. When one is cold, we will provide warmth. When one is lonely, we will provide companionship. Whatever anyone needs, we will provide. That is why there are so many of us: to meet everyone’s needs in a variety of ways. Together, we have enough to meet the needs of all of us. We exist for each other.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, is what makes someone a friend. ~Friedrich Nietzsche~