Magazine article Tikkun

Is There Enough?

Magazine article Tikkun

Is There Enough?

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After asking, "Can progressives ever open themselves to awe, wonder, and amazement at the universe's legacy of love" on the cover of our May/June issue, I was powerfully challenged by Cornel West during a public dialogue at the Reimagining Politics Conference in New York City in May. Repeating a truth of the spiritual tradition, I asserted that "there is enough and you are enough." Maybe there is enough for our material well-being if we use our resources wisely, West concurred, but there is not enough time! The more we human beings rejoice in the universe, the less we can accept the short period we have to develop our own consciousness and enjoy the glories of life.

West is certainly right that death feels like a tragedy to many of us-an unadorned negative element that makes us question whether the universe is really so filled with love. Yet faced with the inevitability of death, the spiritual tradition teaches us how to transcend the standpoint of the isolated ego, end our attachment to our specific consciousness, and begin to see the world from the standpoint of the totality. …

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