Making the Human Race Whole

Make as many connections as you can
so that this broken world can become whole again.

It’s your responsibility
to radiate benevolence to everyone you encounter
to be reckless with your friendliness
to surprise strangers with your openness and unconditional respect
on behalf of the whole human race.

It’s your responsibility
not to hide behind a mask of cool detachment
and pretend that you’re self-sufficient
but to reveal your true nature, your innate empathy and kindness
and let your urge for connection express itself
and leave bonds behind you wherever you go
a network of trust that will remain intact, without fading,
on behalf of the whole human race.

It’s your responsibility
to turn suspicion to trust, and hostility to sympathy
to expose the absurdity of prejudice
to return hatred with implacable good will
until your enemies have no choice but to let go of their enmity
on behalf of the whole human race.

It’s your responsibility
to free yourself from bitterness, to let go of grudges
to use the healing power of forgiveness
to repair connections and re-establish bonds
that were broken by resentment years ago
on behalf of the whole human race.

It’s your responsibility
to melt away as many boundaries as you can
and help heal the pathology of separation
to transcend the divisions of identity
and the illusions of difference
that have made the world so chaotic and confused
on behalf of the whole human race.

It’s your responsibility
to make as many connections as you can
to keep opening up channels of empathy
through which compassion can flow
until there are so many connections, across so many different networks
that finally, like the cells of a body,
billions of human beings fuse together,
feel their underlying harmony,
sense their common source and their common core,
relinquish their clashing desires and take on a common purpose
and become a unified field of being.

Then a new identity will emerge, an overriding oneness,
a human race that is truly whole, at last.

~ Steve Taylor

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