Listen to me: time brings forgetfulness or memories; silliness or bitterness or wisdom.
My friend, if you are boiling to the surface with resentment, frustration, anger, turn
these life destroying forces down into profound reflection. Do not live in surface
reactions. Go to the root — open your soul. Have you been told that the radical
depth is forbidden? Free yourself from that lie: the education of exploitation and
betrayal. Go to the root — open your soul.
Do not hate others because they are different. Hatred is corruption and will fester
To live in the way of reverence and walk lightly on this Gaia-Earth, you need to be
healed from corruption; you need to be free of crime.
Do you desire change? Do you believe that change must happen and you are
prepared to take part in the happening? Set standards; standards, not ideologies of
Hold these in high esteem. Live them in disciplined dedication. This is the way of
examples: being avatars of truth-force and rainbow warriors.
Make listening part of your becoming. Without listening to the pathos and the
passion and the unmitigated, very real vulnerabilities of others there is no
understanding. Instead of understanding, there is pretense—the insecurity of
pretense and the arrogance—and pretense too is corruption.
Be healed of corruption and you will be free of crime.
Strive always—the process of your becoming is your life long work of art: set
compassion and commensality as touchstones of your standards. Set compassion and
commensality as altars of your journey.
When this is being done, you will be witness to change. Feelings of change will abide
with you. In that condition, you will be able to share without loss; to give without
Strive always—the process of your becoming is your life long work of art: do not
harden, weary of growing. Include empathy, at all levels and in all directions,
horizontal, vertical. Without empathy, there is no recognition and without
recognition no true respect. My friend, when respect is absent, relationships fail.
Importantly: do not resort to violence because of who you are. You are naturally a
part of others and naturally too of otherness; a native participant; miraculously you are
unique. Do not oppose the otherness of others. Do not deny diversity or history.
Embrace the adventures of uniqueness.
Listen to me now: I have traveled this road before. Here is what I say for the benefit
of everyone. Justice can be realized without aggression. Denial falls apart when
confronting the integrity of the human family. Peace will come to you, friend, when
you let go of hatred.
A dove ascends from open hands.
— David Sparenberg