Reality Bite! by Keshav | Jun 4, 2020 | Community Insights | 20 commentsIt is very challenging to maintain equanimity in a world where starving people coexist with conspicuous consumption.20 Comments Lori on June 25, 2020 at 5:46 PM Beautiful chants tonight. Closed my eyes and felt so connected. Namaste. Keshav Howe on June 13, 2020 at 3:18 PM The fawlty Towers episode you are referring to is "The Germans," which happens to be one of my favorite episodes. It is full of very pointed and poignant satire, focused on shining a light on an obsolete mindset. My favorite Fawlty Towers episode is "Kipper and the Corpse," which explores the inconvenient aspects of death – while the hotel is trying to maintain its business decorum. Who to blame…Sound familiar?! Betty on June 13, 2020 at 1:20 PM “Deep in my heart I do believe” that this “massive experience” is uniting us. There are some who do not want “whites” and “blacks” to unite because when that happens there will be no stopping us in forging ahead to accomplish a time where there will not be two standards for “people of color” and white or for rich and for poor. May this be the “someday” that “we shall overcome; We’ll walk hand in hand; we shall live in peace.” (Charles Albert Tindley, Pete Seeger) Betty on June 13, 2020 at 1:04 PM I remember at first being offended by “All in the Family.” It was politically incorrect. But as I watched it I realized it was mirroring our society and hopefully opening people’s eyes to the ignorance of prejudice and those who believed “white privilege” was a given. Betty on June 13, 2020 at 12:58 PM I know how much I have been “enlightened” by people who “let their light shine.” I am naturally attracted to people who own their dignity and know its source. ceejaypea on June 13, 2020 at 8:05 AM Along the line of ‘trash collecting’, an episode of Fawlty Towers – a series by John Cleese (of Monty Python) was removed recently from a streaming service because a character uses the “n” word. John Cleese responded that he resented this because the purpose of including that in the episode was to make fun of the type of ‘old empire relics’ in Britain who glibly live their racism totally unconsciously and with entitlement. He was pointing out a razor’s edge between eradicating a thing vs. forgetting a thing. ceejaypea on June 13, 2020 at 7:56 AM It has been very upsetting to me to watch while something that has affected the entire world has eventually devolved into a blame game. A perfect opportunity to acknowledge how we are all vulnerable as human beings on earth who can all be impacted by one massive experience has turned into separation. This does not bode well for something like severe global warming. This does, however, make it clear how important it is to be the change that is needed and show loving kindness to all. Keshav Howe on June 13, 2020 at 6:24 AM It was infuriating for me to hear people call my grandfather "chief," back when "america was great." I did not fully understand or appreciate how he could nod at those comments and move on with quiet dignity. I grew to recognize my grandfather's awareness of something that I have come to know: ignorance is infectious; the antidote is fueled by one mindful exchange at a time. My Grandfather was a trash collector that somehow made that "line of work" into an act of service. Betty on June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM Amen, Keshav! Keshav Howe on June 10, 2020 at 3:50 PM Not long ago, people believed the earth was flat. As we explored the earth we began to think of the earth as global. We just got used to it. What will it take for us to get used to acting with love towards each other, and our shared global environment!?———————————————————————————————————————Not long ago I believed that every decision (big or small) in my life would be rooted in certainty. As I explored life, I realized that the only certainty I could count on was uncertainty. I just got used to it. What will it take for me to act with love towards myself and others?! – The bottom line is: Let's consciously inspire each other by example: to open our eyes to the light that holds us together!! Keshav Howe on June 7, 2020 at 9:37 AM Very Wise Diane! Diane on June 7, 2020 at 8:12 AM I have been focusing very simply in what I want to create rather than what I don’t want. Going against anything simply gives it more power. I am doing this with the posts I choose to share on facebook as well. It is what the Empowerment Model that I studied at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY in 1996. Affilrm what we want to create as if it is here NOW in the present moment. Keshav Howe on June 6, 2020 at 9:35 AM During my upbringing I stopped trusting my instincts, as I struggled to do life, rather than being life. I realized that I began to worry about not taking enough information into consideration when I had a choice or decision to make. So, I became anxious about making the right decisions. At some point, I realized that anxiety is the price I pay for knowing that I do not know. Hum… Betty on June 5, 2020 at 5:11 PM Precisely, Joe. sasanijjs on June 5, 2020 at 3:01 PM I love when mind is in battle mode, and a thought that has no answer arises. The war that was once a painful obsession instantly returns home to peace. Even mind gets tired of the same painful story. If we’re going to make it up… Keshav Howe on June 5, 2020 at 1:19 PM Going to war with war is a huge trap. Making peace with the war within me first (as an operational working model), both creates and extends an open invitation for all to embrace the peace that holds us together. Betty on June 5, 2020 at 12:41 PM Afterthought: Isn’t it hypocritical to make war against war? Betty on June 4, 2020 at 11:13 PM Even the feel of “anti” is that of against, of separation. And the feel of “pro” is that of for, with, in union with. Anti seems more like pushing against, perhaps even violence. Pro seems like moving in that direction, perhaps in a peaceful way. The second way always makes more progress in the end. Betty on June 4, 2020 at 11:09 PM Thanks for the suggestion to reload the page, Diane, it worked for me! Keshav Howe on June 4, 2020 at 7:37 AM Now is the perfect time and place to open our hearts to the cavernous difference between pro-peace and anti-war.