“Asking ‘am I being kind?’ is the ultimate tool for creating awareness. The next time you’re about to argue, complain, consume unhealthy food, yell at a loved one, or even litter, take a deep breath and inquire within: ‘am I being kind?’ By pausing and internally posing this question, you will not only become more aware, you’ll begin to make kindness toward yourself and all of life a daily practice.”

There are some people you only meet once and they somehow make a lasting impression on you.  For me, Michael J. Chase was one of those people.

It was a little less than ten years ago, when I was working as a field canvasser (door-to-door political ‘salesman’) for a Maine-based “progressive” political organizing/lobbying group.  It was a warm summer day and we were canvassing the city of Biddeford.

Biddeford, was an old mill town that had fallen on less than prosperous economic times like most other mill towns in the northeastern U.S.  Theoretically, reaching out to those who are struggling is good when you are “organizing” for a state-run single-payer health care system that would theoretically cut out-of-pocket health care expenses (theoretically).  At the doors we were trained to use sales techniques and emotional triggering to (hopefully) drum up enough anger and resentment towards greedy insurance company CEOs to inspire “action”.

Unfortunately, reaching out to the poor and working class it isn’t always great when you are needing people to give you money so you can keep your job.

It also didn’t help that Biddeford is one of the few cities in the U.S. where French (at least the Canadian version of it) is the primary language of a large segment of the population- and I could remember about five words after taking two years of French over a decade earlier.

Needless to say, I was not having a great day.

Eventually I came to a lovely home that was set back in a more rural-ish part of Biddeford.  It was surrounded by lush greenery and in the parking lot, I noticed a van that had the name “The Kindness Center” painted on the side of it.  My heart leapt a bit, as I thought I’d struck “gold”.

Kindness Center?” I thought, “These people are DEFINITELY going to give me money!“.

At that time, I was still under the erroneous assumption that most truly good-hearted and kind people were left-leaning and “progressive“.

So, I knocked on the door, and Michael answered.

The thing that struck me most, still to this day, was the man’s presence.  I’d not felt anything like it before, and would be hard pressed to say if I really have since.  Not in that way.  It was an almost overwhelming presences of “goodness”, for like of a better word.  An intense vibration of which I could write a thousand words and never come close to describing.

I gave my “rap” (canvassing lingo for the script and messaging we’d use at the doors), and Michael listened.  But he wasn’t giving me money.  He expressed a wariness of political groups and stated that he would need to look into it.  I did not try to convince him or give another round of “asks” (i.e. dropping my “price”).

I was so enamored by the energy I felt coming from him, I completely dropped the whole reason I was there in the first place.  There was something deeper I wanted; something more important than the politics of envy.  I asked him about the “Kindness Center” he had, at the time, only recently started.

Michael told me of how he had been in an incredibly dark and selfish place, when life put forth a series of circumstances that completely changed his outlook on life.  From that moment on, Michael dedicated his life, not to “fighting social injustice“, but to promoting kindness in the simplest, most practical, and most organic ways possible.

I was talking to a living, breathing sage in the truest sense- something FAR more important to me than political agendas or “making quota“.  I left with empty hands and a full heart.

In the often heavy metaphysical and metapolitical things I get into here, kindness tends to get overlooked.  I’m sure that some may even find it curious that a “far-right” site with a heavy masculine warrior theme and a slogan that translates to “conquer or die“, would even care about kindness.  And they would be quite mistaken.

Kindness equates to Mercy- a virtue in the Samurai warrior’s code.

In my view, kindness, perhaps more than anything else, is how we truly “ride the tiger of modernity”, rising above its false and superficial values and residing in a place of action that is real and genuine.

Now, I am not referring to “kindness” as giving money to various corporate-sponsored charities or posting on Facebook about how the impersonal state needs to bring in waves of migrants that you will most likely never interact with.

This is not kindness.  This is virtue signaling.

Kindness has nothing to do with faceless bureaucracy or government programs.

Kindness would be taking someone who has fallen on hard times into your home.

Kindness is face to face.

Kindness is personal and in person.

Kindness is getting your hands dirty.

Kindness is giving without expectation of getting.

Kindness is action, not emotion.

Kindness is selfless service.

Kindness is what we should do our best to show everyone we come into contact with, regardless of race, color, religion or creed.

Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle“.

Kindness saves us from falling into depression and despair- both when we receive it and more importantly, when we express it.

Kindness makes the unnatural world of modernity a little more like heaven, as kindness literally infuses this world with the Light of Christ.

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Kindness is virtue.

Kindness is strength.

Kindness is love.

So let us be kind to one another.

WR-ALDA’S Blessings unto you.






“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

– Matthew 5:38


“Ye have heard it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”.

This quotation goes back to the Code of Hammurabi, created by the Semitic First Babylonian Dynasty king of the same name.  Unlike the preceding Sumerian codes that focused on compensating the victim of the crime, Hammurabi’s laws were particularly focused on physical punishment of the one who committed the crime.

One could argue that as a result of the influence of the Semitic culture of Babylon that eventually seeped into the west as the result of trade and empire, the more brutal, punishment-based laws of the Semitic world and the consciousness that created it, spread to Europe and to the European peoples.

Much of what is seen as “justice” is actually little more than revenge through a third party.

As without, so within.

There is a particular tendency in many towards internal self-flagellation.  Here in America, this is rooted largely in the Puritan consciousness of so many of our ancestors, and its hyper-morality.

While we no longer live in that sort of culture per se, the cultural, ethnic and racial consciousness of the people of the United States have retained these values, albeit in a sort of watered down, then re-mixed version of them (totalitarian humanism).

When many of us see what we judge to be wrong, immoral or evil, we seek to suppress it, seek to punish and even destroy it.  This is mirrored in both the external world around us, and the internal world within.  We will often feel resentment towards ourselves for even being susceptible to such a condition.  I know I do.

Jesus sees the folly of attempting to go blow for blow with this “evil”, we see within us, and the state of dis-ease that can create.  This ties into his statement of how a house divided cannot stand.

Jesus goes on to say “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil..”.

To resist something implies a combative stance; to go against something head to head: force-to-force. This can create the conundrum of the unstoppable force against the immovable object, which results in nothing getting anywhere.

100_0608For years I have attempted to do battle with what I would subconsciously see as “evil” within me. I have tried to outsmart it, I have wrestled with it, I have fought it, and in the end, I am just kicking the crap out of myself.

All this would just cause me to feel worse, which would in turn just feed my addictive behavior, and the self-destructive cycle would inevitably perpetuate itself.

The truth of the matter is that it is an impossible thing to fight, because it was not some external “thing” at all. It was me; those parts of me that have been dejected, rejected, diseased and weakened due to my own fear, trauma, pain, resentment and self-loathing.

By trying to battle and hurt this “it”, I am really just battling and hurting myself.

I find peace when I stop trying to fight it head on (and I certainly could not outsmart it).

When I simply surrender to my “Higher Power” (WRA-ALDA, The ALL, The ONE, God, the Monad, etc., etc.), I can walk in another direction; forge another path.  When I am in this place, I am as they say in martial arts, “like water”- clear, fluid, and adaptable to whatever uncertainty or unpleasantness that may come.

“:but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

When I have the strength and courage of Christ, I can stand face to face with the unpleasant or “evil” thing, unmoved.  I am hit.  Not because I didn’t do anything, but simply because sometimes, you’re gonna get hit.

And you do.  But it doesn’t hurt.  Or at least it doesn’t hurt as bad as you may have thought it would.

Invigorated and perhaps even slightly emboldened, I offer the other cheek; not in weak, cowardly subordination, but as a way of indicating that I am un-phased and unharmed by what would have taken down others, and perhaps even myself at another time.

However, the process of reaching this point is typically not a “one-and-done” deal, and tends to require repeated acceptance and letting go. I recognize the source of the hurt and self-loathing that came from being stuck in the pain of past events, some of which were very repressed and recessed.  At which point I then had to allow them to move and be released.

And then do my best to tend to the wound itself, while simultaneously working to keep it from being “re-infected” by toxic beliefs and emotions caused by my own mental chatter.

For me, this can be achieved through a combination of prayer in the moment, journaling, expressive art, connecting with and authentically speaking to another human being, and being of service to someone else.

despairWhen we attempt to forcefully do battle with ourselves, it inevitably creates more suffering. After we recognize what it is, we need to understand it. We need to understand what it wants and what it wants to express. These things within us that cause so much suffering are usually the psyche’s attempt to deal with past trauma. Once again, this principle can be applied to both the individual psyche, and the collective psyche of the human species. Trauma causes separation of the psyche.

At its very worse, intense or prolonged trauma can create such a detachment that it can give rise to a variety of physical and mental diseases.  One of the most severe of the mental conditions caused by extreme trauma is psychopathy.

A psychopath is typically understood to be someone who is completely consumed by his/her own ego and feels no empathy towards anyone whatsoever.  They are almost reptilian in a way.

Recent studies have found, psychopaths seem to inherently rise to the top of government and corporations. This is because the power structure that governs this planet is psychopathic in its very nature, as it serves its own interests through manipulation and is completely detached from concern for the true well being of the human population and the planet as a whole.

This corporate-sponsored attitude of selfish detachment has trickled down to the consciousness of the masses through the corporate/government controlled media and society as a whole, causing immense damage.

Collectively we are constantly experiencing “little traumas” through our media, and the “news” and entertainment it provides for us.  These simply build on top of the psychological wounds already inflicted by family and other relationships, and through the various cultural institutions that shaped our belief systems and seem to govern our lives.

American PsychoWe have allowed ourselves to become separated from the Earth and her cycles, from our family and neighbors, and from our own inner being.

We have held onto the individual and collective traumas of the past, while continuing to allow ourselves to be traumatized by the world around us.

It is time to let all of this go.

Trauma is an inevitable part of this three-dimensional existence, and it is our ability to recognize and move through that trauma and express it in a non-harmful way that pushes us through the next threshold of spiritual evolution. Once we have consciously done this, we will no longer feel compelled to re-create the situation of trauma within ourselves or project it onto others.

When we refuse to acknowledge the “ugly” parts of ourselves and cast them away in judgment, like any neglected or abused child, they will inevitably lash out at us in some way. That it is why it is crucial that we be compassionate with ourselves in this process.

No actual part of us is “evil”.

What we call “evil” is often simply the results caused by being severely out-of-sync with the Laws of Nature and the vibration of the Higher Self.  It is what happens when we give into the weakness and vice that keeps us from evolving into the greatest version of ourselves we can be.

Or it is simply a moral judgement led by beliefs and emotions.

When we do the work to clean out our belief systems and habits; when we show compassion to our underlying wounds; then we can effectively move out of the way and allow the healing to take place within us and through us. We can then take those same principles of compassion and loving-kindness and facilitate the healing work to our brothers and sisters in the “external” world.

Let’s do the work.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.




“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.”

  • George Washington Carver
I am an animal lover.  Ever since I was a little boy I have always had a deep affinity for animals. Like most children, I loved going to farms, zoos and circuses- pretty much anywhere animals would be present (although I no longer support circuses and I find most zoos pretty depressing).  But more than that, I was a straight-up animal geek.

I loved watching nature shows and had a library of illustrated scientific animal books.  I even illustrated a book about animals that I presented to my second-grade class (although it was essentially just pictures and their names).

This affinity also caused me to feel a very deep sense of protectiveness towards animals.  And although this sense temporarily dulled through my involvement with the “Beavis and Butt-Head” generation during adolescence, my initiations into Shamanism and nature-based spirituality rekindled this sensitivity.

There is a purity in animals that is not in (most) humans, as animals are incapable of breaking Natural Laws the way man can.  They are perfect in their functioning and in their harmony with the world around them.  It is only when domesticated; when taken from the natural world into the unnatural world of men, that any disharmony or neurosis can occur.  And animals can’t lie or pretend to be something they’re not; they are living in their truth at ALL times.  Man could learn much from this sort of honesty.

I suppose you could say I am secretly envious of the pure, simple consciousness of the animal.  The contentment of being completely at home in the real world- the Natural World.  Not always happy and peaceful- but real and genuine- not plastic and disingenuous.  I long for that realness.  I long for the truth and simplicity of the Natural World and I pray for the day when human beings will once again find a way to live in harmony with it.  I think we’ll all be happier then.

Namaste and God Bless.




“Care is the ultimate Generator of the quality of our experience”

–          Mark Passio


 Last week I opened my Windows 10 (Worst. Operating system. EVER) internet browser, which automatically brings me to a newsfeed, and I saw the following headline: “United Airlines passenger was dragged off flight because he was Asian

I immediately rolled my eyes and did not even bother clicking on the obviously intentionally racially provocative headline.  I knew what the purpose behind it was, but as an act of defiance, I refused to give it my attention.  Of course, it was not something that was just a one-shot headline.  It was turned into a sort of international incident (the man in question was apparently Chinese) and became yet another news soap opera.  The headlines were all over my Twitter feed, so alas, my efforts to ignore this story was somewhat thwarted.

Apparently, the doctor was flying United Airlines, which, in my opinion, was his first mistake.  When it comes to customer service and overall comfort, United Airlines is probably one of the worst airlines that I have ever flown (and I’ve flown it FAR more often than I would have liked to).  They apparently oversold the flight to the point where they couldn’t fit some of their employees on the flight, so they selected this Chinese man to give up his seat.  He refused, stating he was a doctor and had to be to work.  A conflict ensued, which resulted in the man being dragged off the plane by law enforcement.

Not a shining image of customer service to say the least, but the immediate headlines, not surprisingly, became about the man’s race, and the idea that he was selected to be taken off the plane “because he was Asian”.  So why was such a racially provocative spin used?  My best analysis would be that it was focused on and put into the mainstream media echo-chamber to foment racial division and resentment among the Asian community, who by-and-large have been left out of the racial victim narrative fueled by the media over the past few years.  This is an ethnic community that has fared quite well in Western society, so the outrage factor has not been as “organic” as it has been in the Black and Latino communities, and was obviously something that the Hollywood-owned, corporate-government-run media felt needed to be stoked- divide and rule.

Of course, now the man is suing United Airlines and their name is being dragged through the mud- which I can’t say I’m overly upset about.  Conducting your business in such a way warrants these sorts of consequences.  However, at the time it was certainly not an issue that made me care to the point of being compelled to write a blog article about it- that is until someone attempted to foist it on me as something that I SHOULD care that much about.

A few days ago, I was sitting on my couch writing out (on physical paper no less!) ideas for a story when my roommate, after coming home from work, posted up on the couch on the other side of the living room and proceeded to read news headlines aloud to me.  In my perhaps, over-politeness, I refrained from explaining to her that I did not need her to read me news headlines, nor did I really want her to, but instead I let her proceed without any protest.

Eventually she came to the story about the Chinese man on the plane and asked if I’d heard about it.  I told her I had, and regurgitated the initial racially-charged headline I had read (with which she was unfamiliar), and that I didn’t spend much time on it because I felt it to be little more than a distraction piece.  She then took this as an opportunity to fill me in on more details of the event.  My response was that it was “messed up” and that United Airlines was “garbage” and that they deserved to get sued.

However, apparently my simply acknowledging the event as unfortunate and as a prime example of bad business practice did not suffice.  She remarked that I seemed like I was being un-empathetic and acting as though I “didn’t care”.   It was at this point I remarked that I simply felt this was not an issue that warranted an outpouring of emotional outrage, or that there was any productive purpose to feeling that way.  I then asked why it was that I should feel as concerned or upset about this as she obviously was.  Her response was that “it could happen to you”.  To which I responded that any number of unfortunate incidents that were reported on the news could potentially “happen to me”, so that was a non-issue.

She then lamented about how awful it was that this man was humiliated and that he lost money (both things I regard as superficial problems of ego).  I reminded her that he was getting compensated and that he was not maimed.  However, she still insisted that I was not “getting it”.  Becoming frustrated, I stated that at the end of the day, this man has no connection to me as family or friend or tribe, etc., so why am I going to bleed out emotionally for someone who is, at this point, a hypothetical man in time- so no, I didn’t “care”.

After hearing this, my roommate was beside herself in disbelief, perhaps viewing me as some sort of sociopathic monster.  I should point out that this particular individual has a tendency to get very upset to the point of rage when people do not share her moral views or challenge her beliefs and opinions- and when that does happen, she immediately seeks to shut down the conversation, demanding silence from the other participants.  This conversation style does not work well for someone who detests people attempting to force their morality on them or attempting to censor them- which is why I am never the one to initiate conversation with her around current events and broader socio-political issues.

I did have one other thing to add, which was met by verbal hostility and a demand that I cease speaking (which of course I didn’t), and that point was this- even if I was to get outraged and upset for this individual’s situation, what would that do to ease his suffering?  However, my roommate had become enraged that I had dared continue speaking after she demanded the conversation end, to which I explained to her that she did not have the right to demand my silence, but she did have the right to leave the room.

She was yelling at this point, saying I was verbally harassing her and “coming at” her.  To which I had to respond by pointing out the hilarious fact that she had gotten up from her seat, thrown a pillow at my head, and proceeded to aggressively advance towards me, and was now standing right over me- all the while I had not moved from my seat.  Yet somehow, I was the “aggressor”.  Frustrated, she stormed out of the room and went to her bedroom.

While my prime motivation for writing this may very well be cathartic, I think there is an opportunity to address a bigger question here, which is the one in hindsight I wish I had asked her- why do YOU care?  Sure, in the case of my roommate and the United Airlines story, I have my hunches, such as the fact that unfortunate man was a doctor and that she has an almost worshipful admiration of doctors.  It definitely had nothing to do with the racial narrative.  I don’t know for certain, and at this point, I want to shift focus to the larger issue, which is this: when certain stories are brought to our attention, what is it about them that makes us care?  And should we?

First, let’s take a moment to set our definition of the word “care”.  The word care stems from the Old High German word, “chara”, which translates to “grief” or “lament”.  Care is one of those words that is both a verb and a noun in modern English, and as such, has several definitions.  As a verb, it means either to “feel concern or interest; attach importance to something” or to “look after and provide for the needs of”.  As a noun, it means either “the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something” or “serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk”.

In these definitions, we actually see a process being described in which a concern driven by a sense of being troubled causes someone to take action to remedy that trouble or disturbance.  The movement through distress to a place of empowerment makes “care” a particularly potent alchemical and creative force.  Occult practitioner, lecturer and activist, Mark Passio had the following to say in regard to this principle of “care”:

The ‘Lost’ Principle, is the dynamic of CARE.  What we care about on a day-to-day basis acts as the driving force of our thoughts and actions.  Care is the ultimate Generator of the quality of our experience.  For this reason, Care has been called the Generative Principle by many Wisdom Traditions.  The word generative is derived from the Latin verb genere, which means ‘to create’

However, as with any expression of human power and potential, there are always going to be those who wish to use the power of others to strengthen themselves in a parasitic manner.  I have written at length about the media and how it uses images and simplistic emotional narratives to trigger the emotions and override logic and reason.  I have also talked about the “echo chamber” the media creates to force certain stories, perspectives and moralities into the public consciousness.  When certain what could be called “outrage” stories are grabbed by the media, they are given certain talking points to shape the narrative of the story, and are then repeated on station after station, and publication after publication creating the perception that THIS is what I SHOULD care about right now.

However, no one is going to care about something if someone flat out states: “This is what we want you to care about, so care about this right now!”  This is why the media needs a “hook” into your emotional psyche; something that is going to mimic something or someone you already care about.  Like a vampire, you need to invite it into your house before it can drain the life out of you.

I’m sure everyone remembers the image of the drowned Syrian child washed up on the beach that was plastered on literally every news media outlet a couple of years ago.  Despite the inconsistencies, the constantly changing backstory around the incident, and the politics involved, the image of a dead child was enough to “hook” many people in spite of  the actual story.  The image of a dead child was so traumatizing for those in our western ‘bubble’ (particularly for people who had children of their own), that it resulted in an outcry for the sorts of social, political and economic policies that will ultimately serve to displace their own children.  It is through manipulation of emotions that people can be made to support things that are in fact quite detrimental to their own interests and those of the people they have real life connection to and their descendants.

Everyone has these sorts of inroads to their psyche that can be exploited and used to make them “care” and feel outrage about things, which often stems from their own personal sense of morality.  For me, this is obviously stories that detail things that appear to potentially threaten my own personal freedom and survival like war, the surveillance state, globalism, and the disenfranchisement and demonization of white men.  But the other sorts of emotional hooks for that some may be less familiar with tend to be stories that involve people abusing children, animals, the disabled, or the elderly.

Much of the reason for this “opening” has to do in part with a strong desire to protect those who I see as genuinely needing protection.  The need to protect is a primary function of the natural man.  I also understand that there are other more personal reasons like my family history, my profession, and past as well as present personal experiences that are going to play a role in shaping who and what I care about when it comes to strangers in news headlines.

However, outside of instances of rape and torture, when it comes to stories of general violence towards mentally and physically capable adults, I am far less apt to have any significant emotional reaction to it (although it is admittedly MUCH harder for me to see a woman get assaulted than a man).  Case in point, the Chinese man on the plane.  Yeah, it probably sucked to get smacked and dragged off the plane, but at the end of the day, he’s gonna be alright.  He got banged up, embarrassed, and lost some money.  Again, that sucks, but at the end of the day, he’s gonna be alright.

So, now that we have established that the media uses “hooks” that mimic people and situations we already care about on some level, so we care about what they want us to, the question becomes, “is this a good thing?” or better yet, “is this a PRODUCTIVE thing?”.  While we are infinite in a spiritual sense, our psychic and energetic resources are very much a finite thing, and can be drained- and emotions are great at facilitating this draining.

When we are allowing these, for all intents and purposes, hypothetical stories and people to take hold of our caring centers, there is inevitably something or someone else that is NOT getting that energy at that moment.  This energy is already being designated to caring about this other situation that we have no real connection to.

Personally, I know that I have just so much energy and care I can afford to give at a given moment until it becomes detrimental to my own health and well-being.  As an empath with anger issues and a history of addiction, I cannot afford to get emotional or outraged over everything that the news media wants me to be emotional or outraged at.  I cannot give true care to everything (and if it isn’t true care, it’s just virtue signaling).  This has been at times, somewhat of a hard reality that I have continually had to reassess in recent days, weeks and months.

The other thing that is finite in this equation is time.  What could I be doing with this time I am choosing to be outraged over this situation involving these people I have no real connection to and probably never will?  Is there someone who is in my life and important to me, that I am neglecting while I give my attention to this?  Is there someone I could be praying for?  Is there someone I could be reaching out to and connecting with?  Is there someone I could be helping within my personal sphere of influence that needs it?

But perhaps you are genuinely moved by the plight of this Chinese doctor or some other stranger that you read or hear about in the news.  Perhaps something about that story moved you to the core of your being.  If that truly is the case, and so long as you are not being harmful or neglectful towards the people you already have responsibilities to (family, friends, tribe, etc.), then by all means, reach out to that person.  Write them a letter; ask them if they need or even want your help; set up a fundraiser or a food drive; perhaps even organize a boycott if applicable- but DO SOMETHING.  Show that person that you care through ACTION.

But take a moment to reflect on why it is that you care.  Take a few moments to pause, look within for a moment and ask Self, “Is this a genuine care and purpose that I should follow?  Or is someone just manipulating my emotions so I do what they want me to?”

And if you do find yourself “caring” about a stranger you read about, please, don’t just use their plight simply as an excuse to be angry or self-righteous about something and “rage”; or to virtue signal; or to justify an attempt to force your personal morality onto those of us who have different values or care about different things than you.  When you are careless with your Care, you will inevitably suffer as a result.

Namaste and God Bless.


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

– The First Amendment of the United States Constitution


A woman walks into the break-room of her particular place of employment. She then proceeds to pull out her Bible, stand on top of a chair, and read aloud in a manner that is clearly audible to everyone in the vicinity.  Her co-workers complain about this to management. Management pulls the woman aside and requests that she stop doing this.  The woman replies by stating that management has no right to impede upon her religious freedom, and that this loud Bible reading was an expression of that.  Management replied that the nature of this reading was disruptive to others’ enjoyment of the break-room and potentially interfered with their workplace productivity.

It was at this point the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was called. For those unfamiliar, the EEOC is a federal agency established by an executive order from John F. Kennedy in 1961.  The EEOC administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination, as well as investigates discrimination complaints based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual preference, age, disability, genetic information, and retaliation for reporting, participating in, and/or opposing a discriminatory practice.

official-seal-of-the-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-eeocThe EEOC sent an investigator to look into the complaint of discrimination filed by the Bible-reading woman.  However, much to the woman’s surprise, the investigator proceeded to inform her that her “rights” had not been violated by the employer’s request, and that her grandiose reading of the Bible may have been offensive to her co-workers and thus intruding on their “rights”.

A close friend of mine relayed this story to me, which was in turn told to her by the aforementioned EEOC investigator as a part of a corporate “sensitivity training” given at her place of employment.  Interestingly, the EEOC bureaucrat/sensitivity trainer cited this story as an example of how “protected classes” are now using their “protected” status to infringe upon the rights of others.  My friend then asked me what my thoughts were on the matter, and I can definitely say they were not what she was hoping for.

My first response was to state that Christians, especially Evangelical or Fundamentalist types (of which I am neither, but this woman obviously was), were no longer really treated as a “protected class” in the eyes of the Federal Government or mainstream culture.  Evangelical Christians have actually been labelled as “more dangerous than ISIS” by the feds and the “liberal” media.   A few examples of this “protection” of Christians were cited in a recent (2012) joint report by the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council:

• A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.
• City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.
• A public school official physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.
• Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor’s prayer, eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.
• Public school officials prohibited students from handing out gifts because they contained religious messages.
• A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.
• A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.
• The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.
• The State of Texas sought to approve and regulate what religious seminaries can teach.
• Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government is forcing religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs.
• The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families.
• A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.

Another interesting anecdote of workplace “discrimination” involved a Muslim worker at a GAP store who prayed in the aisle daily.  In response, a Christian co-worker put a Bible on his own desk and would read silently while the Muslim employee prayed.  The Muslim employee complained about this to management and the Christian was fired without warning.  Now the Muslim GAP employee had numerous complaints against him from others due to “loud prayers” and “blocking the aisle”.  It was also apparently against company policy for religious viewpoints to be expressed within the company; however this policy appears to have been selectively enforced as the Muslim employee did not lose his job, but the Christian employee did.

Now this is not to say that other religious and minority groups have not suffered workplace persecution in the past, but now the mainstream narrative has definitively flipped (unless you’re watching Fox News).  As I have talked about in previous postings, the culture of political correctness has become totalitarian in nature, with people losing their careers and being blacklisted over saying anything that is “deemed” as racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, or “intolerant” in any way.

However, there is one group that political-correctness does NOT apply to. Think about who it is “okay” to make fun of and demonize without fear of backlash and being labelled, “racist”, “bigot”, “Nazi”, “anti-Semite”, “homophobe”, or any of the other words used to demonize those who are outside the PC mainstream.  You know who it is…  So yes, while it is true that the “protected classes” have become the oppressors, to group Christians in this category is a misleading statement at best and an obfuscation of the current power structure.

Moving back to the conversation with my friend and the story of the EEOC investigator and my response to it.  I questioned how it was the duty of the federal government to settle a private dispute between a private employer and employee on private property, and why it was the government’s job to regulate “discrimination”.  Even if you believe in the “law” of the Constitution, there is no place where the federal government is given that “right” or that responsibility.

Now I worked in the labor movement for the better part of three years, and I still believe in standing up for yourself when it comes to the workplace and the fruits of one’s own labor.  I will continuously advocate for the power of the boycott and the strike as organic expressions of free will (even if not always motivated from a “higher mind”).  However, the moral dilemma comes when the government gets involved. Government, by and large, can be summed up with two words- force and control.  This friend tends to chastise this point of view as a vehement and irrational “hatred” of government.

When it comes to labor and discrimination in the workplace, the premise behind getting government involved is to try and FORCE someone to do the “right thing” and/or, as my friend put it, “hold them accountable”, when they do the “wrong” thing.  Now, even if you believe in “rights” as a real thing, how is forcing anyone to do anything not considered a violation of THEIR RIGHTS?  That is circular logic, is it not? And what exactly is this need to “hold them accountable”, i.e. see them punished, all about?

There is a deep psychological desire for us to see quantifiable, measurable results to things. We need “closure” to move on from traumatic events.  We desire retribution towards those who have offended our ego.  This is at the root of our need to SEE “justice” done.   Even those of us who say we believe in or “know” Karma, often still feel that those who do wrong need to be punished in a way that is satisfactory to us, specifically our ego, or finite mind: “This person took something from me or caused me pain, so I NEED to be sure they will suffer as a direct result of what they did to ME”.

In other words, we want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this “wrongdoer” has indeed been punished.  We don’t want to wait for the Law of the Universe to work in Its own eternal time and fashion- we want justice RIGHT NOW.  We want vengeance RIGHT NOW.  And this sense of “justice” can be projected onto the situations of others, causing us to believe we are identifying with them, when really, it’s about US and what we are identified with and attached to.  All of these thoughts and emotions are emanations of the lower mind that is completely absorbed in the physical world and has no faith in ANYTHING it can’t see, hear, touch, taste or smell.


When I explained to my friend that people were ALWAYS “held accountable” by the Divine Law of the Universe when they acted immorally and maliciously towards others, she got pretty pissed off.  She stated that I was “looking down” from a position of “privilege” (there’s that word again).  I attempted to explain how, from the perspective of the Eternal Soul, that a person’s struggles of “oppression” may have been exactly what that person needed for their personal spiritual growth in this lifetime.  It also could have very well been the “reaping” of “sown seeds”.  With this, I was accused of being impractical and not “grounded in reality”.  In a way this is “looking down”.  It is looking down from the perspective of infinite spirit/soul as opposed to looking up from the perspective of finite body/mind.

My friend proceeded to cite examples of workplace insensitivity, which were racially-based.  These stories involved a company in which an African-American employee was “jokingly” threatened with a noose and a Middle-Eastern man was required to park in a parking spot that had been labelled “terrorist”.  While absolutely disrespectful and insensitive, and potentially even threatening, I still did not share her belief that the presence of an “entity to hold people accountable” was necessary or truly effective and productive.  The belief that such entities are needed is to affirm a position of bondage, therefore affirming the superiority of one individual or entity over another.  To top it off, forcing anyone to do anything only breeds resentment, not tolerance.

What really struck me was how the Middle Eastern man felt “trapped” because he “needed” that job to support his family.  I am “privileged” that I don’t have to worry about supporting a family and I do have empathy for this man as I understand that the basic instinctual desire to provide for one’s children can quickly put one into desperation or “survival mode”.  However, empathy is not pity.  Pity is looking upon someone as weak and powerless, rather than as a unique expression of the Divine Creator and possessing incredible creative power and potential. There are unlimited potential outcomes to any given situation, but when we are overtaken with fear, our consciousness becomes rigid and we develop a sort of “tunnel-vision”, making it much harder to see all possibilities and choose with clarity.

Unfortunately, my friend saw me as being detached and unsympathetic to the plights of others. She stated that if I had encountered real discrimination that I would not view things in this manner. Indeed my past situations of discrimination didn’t mirror those of others; they were mine.  My friend eventually became so worked up due to my stance that she stormed off.

Later she told me that the reason she had gotten so upset was because she herself was feeling discriminated against at work.  She found herself in a compromising situation with someone who was management, and now this person threatened her job if she told anyone what had happened.  She now felt she was being intentionally ostracized from various “team-building” outings in her department.  She said that the environment in the office was incredibly hostile towards her and she was afraid to go to anyone due to the manager’s threat.

I asked my friend about talking to higher-ups within the company and telling them of the manager’s conduct.  I also told her she had an option with bringing a case to the Labor Board as well (even though it pained me to suggest going to government).  I also suggested she talk to people face to face directly regarding this matter.  However, she said she was worried about her reputation in the company and “making things worse”.  She also did not want to quit this job because it was well-paying and she had only started in the last several months.

While my friend felt powerless, it was ultimately her fear that made it most difficult.  It was the fear of having to make an UNCOMFORTABLE choice that could potentially make life uncomfortable for a time.  We want life to be as comfortable and hassle-free as possible- this is the vice of the modern western man/woman.  The statement is true that “where there is a will there is a way”- it just depends on how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how open and committed you are to thinking “outside the box”.

When viewed from the finite mind, these types of situations appear to present a threat to our very survival.   Anything that appears to have the potential to threaten our livelihood is something that we associate with death on a deep subconscious/unconscious level.  But the truth is that the vast majority things that get this response from us are NOT life or death situations at all.  This is why stress-related disease is rampant in modern society.  We put up with a lot that we don’t need to because we are so terrified of death.  And it’s not even really death, but the FEAR of death- the creeping uncertainty of the unknown- that keeps us mentally imprisoned.

When people and situations arise that seem to make our work in the world intolerable, we may do well to ask ourselves; “Is this really the work that I’m meant to be doing?  Is this really expressing the highest creative potential of my soul or am I just being a cog in a machine?  Am I here because this is the path mainstream society says I should be taking with my skill set? And if so, is there something more creative and enriching I could do with my time and potential?  Am I thriving here, or am I really just here to survive?  Am I here because I love this work and it makes the world a better place, or am I really just in it for the money?”

These are hard questions that I have asked myself continuously and continue to do so.  I know that the only reason I ever feel stuck or trapped in a situation is because I have convinced myself that is the case and/or I have believed what everyone else says is the case.  This is a universal truth that is applicable regardless of your “privilege” or lack thereof.  Now this isn’t to say that some situations don’t present harder choices than others.  Nor am I saying that our decisions should be taken at selfish whimsy.  What I am saying is that at the end of the day, our state of consciousness trumps any outside factors, regardless of how imposing, powerful or monolithic those factors may appear to be.


Perspective shapes reality.  We can choose to see things from the limited perspective of the finite mind or from a higher mode of consciousness.  People only have power over us when we give our power to them.  If we believe our options in life are limited, then they will be.  Now of course, there is need to know and understand how to utilize our limitless potential, just as there is need for moral grounding so we use it appropriately.  But make no mistake about it, our potential is boundless, we just need to have faith and be fearless.  And if we do “lose”, we “don’t lose the lesson” and think our life is over.


Not all sacrifices are worth making, but a degree of sacrifice and discomfort is inevitable if we want to grow to our full potential and be free men and women.

Sometimes our calling may be to confront a petty tyrant that is persecuting and oppressing people.  Perhaps we need to shine a light on their actions or perhaps even defend ourselves or another person.  But when we do this, we would do well to check within and be sure we are acting from a place of compassion and moral clarity as opposed to fear-based self-righteousness.  Sometimes the line is VERY fine indeed.

At the end of the day, some people are going to be intolerant or bigoted or just plain assholes and NOTHING- no amount of shaming or punishment will ever change that.  We can however change ourselves, how we relate to the world and how we treat other beings.  That is where REAL change can occur.

Namaste and God Bless.