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No matter who we are, where we live, what we look like, the circumstances of our birth or the situations we face; each of us has gifts within us. Strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love and faith are among them. They are not like material presents we unwrap and hold in our hands. We can’t see these gifts with our eyes. But they are real and powerful. When we open ourselves to them, they can enrich every aspect of our lives. They can help us transform challenges into opportunities and tragedies into triumphs. They can help us make a difference in the world. Mewtwo The Enlightened Grand Elder Future Gohan

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There is nothing wrong with pushing for love and compassion, but please understand that it will never prevail without understanding. The reason hate and fear exists and always will, is because the majority of people do not understand the world around them. I encourage every single one of you to take some time off social media and television. Travel. Learn. Discover. Meditate and let go of your ego. Let go of your opinion and need to be validated and heard. Let go of your need for approval and the need to be liked by people who haven't spent more than 5 minutes in your presence. Sometimes people who live the most virtuous lives are the ones who go completely unnoticed. Sounds unfair at first, until you realize that the most profound happiness exists when you understand that the welfare of others supersedes your own.

Sadly, when you learn about the world you live in, you will probably be disgusted with what you find. But the more you understand why things are the way they are, the more of a chance you have at offering a viable solution. One of the scariest aspects of America is that we are a consumer culture which is sustained through bullshit and lies. If honesty were introduced into politics and advertising, then the entire system would collapse. It thrives off your misjudgment and cashes in on your ignorance. It attacks your self worth and exploits your insecurities. Morality has no meaning to people poisoned by greed. They will continue to ruin your life so long as they can continue to line their pockets. It needs people with different colored skin, sexual preference, and gender to feel divided. If we stood together, they lose. That's not news. But pay more attention to the things you hear and to exactly what they are doing, because it may be affecting you more than you realize. We are so quick to generalize groups of people, that we forget to judge an individual by their actions. Our minds are already made up before we even speak to them. Once again, not news, but dig deeper into the thought of that and the things that you believe to be true. You may find that they are not. Most typecasts are man-made. The rest are highly exaggerated to maintain division and/or conformed to in order to feel a part of a group. Once again....educate yourselves and find out why the stereotypes exist in the first place. Social class, experience, and upbringing are more of a determining factor on how similar someone is to you than the color of your skin or sexual preference could ever be. You can argue that point all you want, but the fact of the matter is, you have no idea what an individual has gone through or what they are capable of until you get to know them.

Stop listening to the bullshit. Forget what you think you know, and get in touch with your senses. Literally everything from music to medicine is now corporately owned and they will tell you anything to make a buck off you. Greed is the downfall of humankind. So is pride. Taking pride in something you have no control over will halt any progress you ever make. If you can't let go and if you continue to take pride in something that you identify yourself with because of how oppressed that identification factor is, then you're not going to get anywhere. Letting go of pride is terrifying because you feel vulnerable. Believe me, I know. But I promise it does pay off once you see what it does. You'll find that your sensitivity to certain things no longer exists and that you are more impervious to things you once took great offense to. You'll become an individual, and not part of a group. People who you once classified as "your people" are no longer your people. You become your own man/woman and mankind is now "your people". Only then, will you start to see what you can actually do to make the world a better place. The key to love, is understanding. The key to understanding, is letting go. The key to letting go, is perseverance. It won't be easy. But nothing worth having is easy to obtain.

Side note: I highly recommend reading "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" or "Beyond the Known". Granted they are books for martial artists, they do offer great perspective no matter what walk of life you take. They will probably change your life for the better. What's beautiful is that it's not designed to change your path necessarily, but more your approach.

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