When people are killed in the line of duty I always hear the same sentiment: “They knew the risk when they took the job.” How come we can’t apply this logic when criminals are killed during arrests? “They knew the risk when they did the crime.”
Answer: Because it’s not ok for police to kill people (of any color). Cops should be trained to kill only as a last resort. In some countries, cops aren’t even allowed to carry a gun on them. They have to leave it locked in a safe inside their patrol car and call in for special permission to use it. So no, I refuse to accept that people (that’s what criminals are) should just “know the risk” of being killed by a cop.
By the way, when a person commits a crime, not only do they have the right to a fair trial, but it’s in the public’s best interest that the case is investigated thoroughly. It’s kind of hard to interrogate a dead man. Not impossible, but hard.
Government: “We need to shut down the economy in order to protect ourselves from a deadly virus.” People: “F*ck you, I won’t do what you tell me.” Government: “We need to shut down the economy in order to atone for our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.” People: “Where do I sign?”
“The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.”
Imagine if the world had no borders, and you didn’t need passports and visas and permits and all that crap, you could just go settle down wherever you felt you wanted to be, whenever you felt you wanted to be there. Farmers would go to the best farming land, surfers would follow the best waves, artists could chase their highest inspirations, hipsters would scope out the best cities for their hipster needs. You could live in whatever culture you resonated most with, speak among whatever languages wanted to roll off your tongue, follow whatever government or laws you agreed most with. You could choose your favorite climate, you could gaze out into your favorite night sky, you could connect with whatever fellow humans you wanted to connect with. The entire living, breathing being we call Earth would be your Mother and your Home. Imagine that. <3
The problem begins when we set “peace” as some future goal, and then expect someone “out there” to achieve it for us. There is no path to peace; peace IS the path. It begins with me, and it begins with you, and it has nothing to do with governments, or politics, or false promises of a better “tomorrow.” The sooner we all realize that, the faster we can start creating the kind of world we want to see.
You’re good people and all…
BUT your government is repressing and violating the human rights of millions of people, killing thousands of innocent civilians, breaking countless international laws, promoting racism and religious fanaticism, all in the name of “security” and “peace”, and you’re letting it happen because they have got you living in fear.
The kitten is only here to get your attention.
NOTE: It took me over 30 years to open my eyes to what is happening. Now we wait patiently for the rest of us…
One of the things that played an important role on my recent trip to India (besides the amazing people I met there (but that’s a whole other post), were the amazing books that seemed to “cross my path” at just the right moment.
Whether running across them at local bookshops or receiving them for free from random travelers I met along the way, all 6 books seemed to have come into my life just as I needed to hear them most. The synchronicity of how it unfolded was incredible.
I found myself reading 4 or 5 books at a time (most of them I am still reading back home..) quickly jumping from one book to another in sort of a spiral form. It’s almost as if I came across enough information in one book to quickly prepare me for the next chapter in the next book, and then so on and so forth with the rest of them. By the time I went back to continue the first one, I was reading it from a whole new state of awareness, making it that much more clear to me as I read.
I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried.
So anyway, I strongly recommend any of the following books from my own personal experience. However, only you can know if and when the time is right for you. (Click the links to learn more about each one)
Who Cares?! The Unique Teaching of Ramesh S. Balsekar: I stumbled upon this book at a local coffee shop just as my mind was about to explode from all this new information. Instantly I understood that mentally analyzing everything to death (till death) was just not gonna cut it anymore.
Siddhartha: A beautiful soul we met on the trip recommended this book to us, saying that she always keeps it with her inside her bag. This beautifully written novel seemed to combine all the insights that I have been stumbling upon lately into one intriguing story.
The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision: On my last day in India, one of my neighbors dropped by my room to ask me if I wanted this book. Approximately 5 years after finishing “The Celestine Prophecy”, I guess I was finally ready…
Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge: This book literally jumped out at me at another small bookshop in the area, just as I was questioning what my role was in the whole transformation taking place in the world. Strangely, one of the first words I noticed in the book read:
Do you think this is happening by chance?
This is not. There is no such thing as chance. The universe does nothing by accident. This book has come to you to tell you that you can change the course of human history.
Not only the people who run governments or own corporations or lead movements or write books or are influential for some other reason. Not only those people.
You can change the course of human history.
This is not an exaggeration. Please believe me. This is not an exaggeration.