Our world today is a far cry from what is described by the mystics as unity with the universal Spirit which some of us name God. We humans have taken the path of least resistance in life following trails of arrogance and self-absorption. It is infinitely easier to look at human suffering, turn our backs to it saying the starvation crisis in Africa is not my problem or the genocide in Syria doesn’t affect me. Our lives become a chorus of continuing “me, me, me; what’s in it for me?”
Ethan Walker lll in his book “THE MYSTIC CHRIST” asks the question:
“And what is wisdom?
and he answers,
Wisdom is knowing we are all one. Love is what it feels like, and compassion is what it acts like.”
Referring to the author’s definition we should shamefully agree that truly what the world needs now is love and the resulting compassion. That compassion needs to be expressed not only to neighbors and family, but also to famine and genocide victims on the other side of the earth. That’s what is missing. We do not see ourselves as one existence in unity with the total complexity of God’s creation. We run wildly to and fro attacking brothers and sisters who worship differently, follow unfamiliar traditions, practice unusual customs. We cannot see beyond our noses far enough to embrace the world’s diversity. We lack creation’s wisdom.