We Are All In This Together

by Daniel Brenton on October 10, 2009

in The Meaning of Existence (and all that)

You are here.

Some thoughts about who we are.
Really.

Start: I am a blogger typing away feverishly to catch the inspiration that has tapped me on the shoulder.

I am the toddler that made a nuisance of myself in the booth next to the blogger while the blogger tried to enjoy a not particularly cheap but simply excellent restaurant cheeseburger.

I am the distracted mother trying to control my kids in that booth who prays every night I won’t have to take my kids to a doctor because I have no health insurance.

I am the loan broker that sold the eager home owners on a house note I knew full well they couldn’t carry, the last straw that fractured the camel’s back of America’s already weakened economy, because all I cared about was my commission.

I am the chief executive officer for a sprawling, bailed-out mortgage company who bristles in resentment as I realize my annual bonus is only going to be $6,000,000 this year.

I am the pensioner who looks at my monthly prescription bills and knows I’m not going to be able to cover it this month.

I am the union worker who spends eight hours a day screwing around on the job, forcing my co-workers to do my work for me because I can’t get fired.

I am the American who can’t find a job being forced to find inner resources I never thought I would have to find and make choices I never thought I would need to make.

I am the United States Representative who was elected for my support of family values and traditional marriage, zipping up my pants after a cute female lobbyist just sweetened the deal for me and made my next congressional vote much easier to decide.

I am the radio talk show celebrity that has amassed a fortune great enough to buy a football team by peddling dissension, partisan hatred, and racism.

I am the avid, bigoted fan of the radio talk show celebrity clinging tightly to my white, personal Jesus and praying for nearly the rest of the world to be stricken from The Book of Life and be cast into the Lake of Fire.

I am the Muslim father in Gaza who silently fears my sons will die in the Palestinian conflict and secretly wishes — wishes I can never share — that the struggle was simply given up.

I am the Somali pirate to whom life means nothing. Even my own.

I am the strutting dictator who cajoles and threatens my scientists and military to finish my nuclear arsenal.

I am the Russian Premier who helped hold the world in nuclear blackmail for over four decades.

I am the child that laughs in my innocence as I play in the face of the squalor and pestilence of urban Calcutta.

I am the leader of the brutal atheistic regime that has bludgeoned half of Asia into submission, and looks to subdue the world.

I am the beloved spiritual leader in exile from an occupied nation, who condemns the invasion but forgives the invaders.

I am the ashes of Jews buried in Auschwitz.

I am Nero, fiddling as Rome burns.

I am Jesus and I am Judas.

I am a human being, one of nearly seven billion.

We are all One.

We are all in this together.

Wake up.

Just wake the hell up.

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Copyright © 2009, by Daniel Brenton. All Rights Reserved.

End

Frank Dickinson October 11, 2009 at 7:49 am

I sit here Daniel realizing that there are some suck ass people in this little odd universe in which we live.

I see the glory and the grandeur.

Even with the suck ass people.

And I hope, like you, to make a difference.

Awake,
Frank

Daniel Brenton October 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

Frank –

Thank you for the comment.

Correct me if I’m wrong (I haven’t studied Buddhism, but I am struck by it) that the Buddha’s “smile of infinite compassion” is the empathy with the suffering of the world, and the recognition of the beauty of the Oneness of all things.

I have moments, which quickly slip away.

Namaste, Frank. Namaste.

– Daniel

Dawn October 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Thank you for this beautiful essay. I too, have been struck in moments with the realization of our ultimate ONEness. I appreciate so much that so many of us are indeed, waking up.

Angela October 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Kudos Daniel. Point well made – and glad to see you around. :)

Khan N Singh September 11, 2010 at 5:26 am

One human family.

You are a very good writer!

Daniel Brenton September 11, 2010 at 9:04 am

Khan –

Thank you, and thank you for the comment.

If we could all see this just a little bit more, who knows what the world would be?

I really don’t believe we are supposed to turn this world into Hell. I just don’t believe it.

– Daniel

Khan N Singh September 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

We aren’t and we won’t. It is a balance. And all we can do is exercise kindness, empathy and understanding whenever possible. Individually.

-Em

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