Recently, I discovered an amazing woman named Valarie Kaur (valariekaur.com), a lawyer and Sikh activist, who founded The Revolutionary Love Project (www.revolutionarylove.net). I would like to share with you their declaration because it says so much of what I believe.
“We pledge to rise up in Revolutionary Love. We declare our love for all who are in harm’s way, including refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, LGBTQIA people, Blacks, Latinos, the indigenous, the disabled, and the poor. We stand with millions of people around the globe rising up to end violence against women and girls (CIS, transgender and gender non-conforming) who are often the most vulnerable within marginalized communities. We vow to see one another as brothers and sisters and fight for a world where every person can flourish.
We declare love even for our opponents. We vow to oppose all executive orders and policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We call upon our elected officials to join us, and we are prepared to engage in moral resistance throughout this administration. We will fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In so doing, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.
We declare love for ourselves. We will practice the dignity and care in our homes that we want for all of us. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will nurture our bodies and spirits; we will rise and dance. We will honor our mothers and ancestors whose bodies, breath, and blood call us to a life of courage. In their name, we choose to see this darkness not as the darkness of the tomb – but of the womb. We will breathe and push through the pain of this era to birth a new future.”
More and more people are rising up all over the world to bring people together and they include people of all colors, races, nationalities, religions, cultures, genders, all sexual orientations, politics, and more. It’s so easy to feel discouraged when we see so many people being harmed just because of a difference in beliefs. Hate, bigotry, ignorance, and violence seem to be the norm only because that’s mainly all we’re hearing in the media. But what we’re not hearing so much are the stories where millions and billions of people are awakening to the power of love and learning that we really are all connected. We’re practicing the teachings of our great Spiritual Masters who taught us to love and care for one another. As I always say, never give up on hope or on humanity because love will always prevail.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” And the Dalai Lama stated, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper March 3, 2017.