Spreading Lovingkindness

As I imagine you know, right now, thousands of people all over the country (and the world, too) are taking to the streets to "Occupy" places like Wall Street and San Francisco. I myself will be showing up on Monday for OccupyOakland for a while. This blog post has been inspired and informed by this movement - this historic movement. But it's not just about this movement.

One of the things that I have been convinced of for some time (more than 20 years, I think) is that the means and the ends are the same. We cannot expect peace if we don't act peacefully. Jesus, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King all knew this. Monks fighting for freedom in Burma know this. We need to know it, and internalize it.

This is why I do Metta for the 1%. It's so easy to think of the 1% as people who are evil capitalists, or exploitative, or what have you. But the truth is, we all have some of that in us. We all are complicit in a system that is exploitative. We all need Metta (lovingkindness). 

So this post is just to remind myself, and all of us, that the means are the ends, and that one of the best things we can do is remember that no one is either completely guilty, or completely innocent.

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