I have always been proud of the progressive, compassionate nature of my native city. Yet, after the recent events at Waking Life [Espresso], I am left wondering just how deep that nature actually goes.
By the actions displayed by the mob and other organizations, it seems that much, but not all, New Age philosophy and rapid feminism are just as exclusive as fundamental “Christianity.” Their message appears to be equal rights and acceptance for everyone except the person that makes a grievous mistake in judgment. Who among us has not made a mistake in judgment?
Every day as a Ro-Hun therapist, I see clients break the patterns of self-abuse, which were projected onto others as abuse. Everyone, men and women in equal numbers, is guilty of abusing others. Every time you feel entitled and justified to withhold love from another, you have abused.
Judgment, humiliation and ridicule are shadow forces and are never supported by the Loving Creator. As a progressive community, we should work toward holding people accountable for their unconscious actions without condemnation.
When you journey deep within your soul and find understanding and forgiveness for yourself, it becomes much easier to extend those divine qualities to other people. The New Day of fairness and equality for everyone is not going to fall from the sky; it occurs one soul at a time as each of us goes within and heals the wounds of our own illusions of separation.
Asheville can become a model for enlightened community for the entire globe or we can flounder in hypocrisy. Which would you prefer?
— David Robertson