Most days I cannot watch the news. It's mind and heart-crushing to see so much violence and injustice play out in our streets + around the globe, all laid out in front of us in an endless scroll.
Meanwhile, our media machine cacophonizes the demise of Brangelina and any number of other unimportant distraction bytes, and we argue over who's right and who's evil. We layer hate over fear in our struggle to make meaning out of pain.
But we have a choice about the meanings we generate.
We can use all of this as an excuse to reinforce the patterns of separation that got us here, or we can use them as opportunities to rise up and say, with every ounce of our existence:
This is not what we came here for.
"[The human being] experiences himself .. as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” - Einstein
When we dance — when we let our minds drop into our feet and sweat out our ideas of right and wrong, fear and resentment, blame and shame, joining the brothers and sisters around us in one shared heartbeat — we take responsibility for our own humanity. In the remembrance of our shared blood, we remember our part in creating a world built on the knowledge that we are all in this together.
It is in this spirit that we gather tomorrow night at The Get Down.
Online tickets have sold out, but there will be a handful available at the door.
Let's make some f*ing magic.
I love you.