Set Your Calendars To Care:
Please note the change of authorship for this post.
To All Who May Care…
As some of the most venerated days of three monotheistic traditions wend their way into the individual awareness of some 5 billion souls worldwide over the course of the following weeks, I am struck by the situation in which we find ourselves as a collective.
As it pertains to Passover, and the protection of the “first born” of the Jewish faith, the sacrifice of a lamb and its blood to be marked above a door, and the subsequent angel of death passing over those homes with lamb’s blood, but entering those not so marked, and taking the lives of the “first born” therein, I see both the “first born” who are quickly being taken from this earth during this pandemic and the elderly and vulnerable who are being saved by the collective efforts of humans to socially distance themselves one from another.
I, too, am noting the sacrifice of a carpenter from Galilee and a simple life of teaching and educating the masses for the short duration of his earthly sojourn, only to be swallowed up by the ignorance of the collective – to be persecuted and crucified, yet to rise again thereafter to demonstrate the power of something beyond the realization-capacity of many, even to this day. I see health practitioners and infectious disease specialists questioned and plied regarding the wisdom of their overarching directives – publicly harangued and dissembled by certain interests – as to how best to eradicate a pandemic whilst simultaneously not utterly eroding and undermining the socio-economic foundation of the commons. Yet, their wisdom is rising to the fore, guiding our steps toward the next chapter of our unfolding world.
Further, I am seeing on the horizon the deeply moving self-sacrifice of a global Muslim population who will set aside daily food and beverage for the period of sunrise to sunset over the course of one lunar cycle commencing with the appearance of the April 23rd waxing crescent moon. This sacred tradition, dating back to the time of Mohammed, seeks to honor the identification of Muslims with the poor, downtrodden, and sick – clearly a vast set of individuals currently residing on our planet.
Thus, it comes to us in the karmic echoes of these sacred days, to see the potential of our cultural traditions, our cultural and spiritual capital, to strengthen us when our health, social, human, financial and psychological capitals are so deeply stressed and taxed by the challenges and the environment in which we find ourselves. Can we tap these far-reaching cultural and spiritual capitals in our time of need? Can we draw on the strength of generations past, the collective character of our humanity, to abide with us as the pressure, the fear, the anxiety stand so firmly as obstacles between our present selves and the future iteration thereof? Can we care for ourselves, for us all, by landing in a deeper awareness of the cultural and spiritual capitals which have born countless numbers of souls through the grand sufferings of existence that have impacted so many human population sets on this earth over the centuries?
In the midst of this harrowing experience, in the midst of witnessing and participating in the movement of so many souls through the portals of transition and transmigration, I offer that “to care” may be as simple as to stand in the practices of these three monotheistic traditions, to listen deeply to the wisdom and understanding that emanates from these cultural & spiritual capitals which have stood the test of time, which have walked us through the fires of our own collective karmic misery & suffering, and rekindle the memory of our own expressions of faith practice in alignment with what is represented in the heart of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Let not our unfamiliarity with any of these traditions outweigh the potential of adherence to the self-realization woven through each as an undying “human” attempt to manifest the ultimate verities of our species to date. Though we may be practitioners of any of these, other faiths entirely, or long-standing atheists and agnostics, let us recognize that in our mastery of none of these practices that the very spirit of sincerity and humility with which we can step into the temporal essence of the moment, embracing these three traditions in the short span of a couple of weeks, we can awaken a collective magnetism of beneficence that can enhance our overall health and well-being, strengthening the capitals of our collective in ways that may not be immediately visible, but will most assuredly register in the annals of human awareness.
Care, often relegated to the five senses, especially that of touch, is not readily available to us in this moment of social distance. We must rethink our sense of care. We must explore what it means to care in ways we have never before considered. If there are those who would consider such, I offer that we all express our care over the next couple of weeks by attempting to align ourselves with these sacred days. Ask ourselves how we can honor these traditions in our own life – how can we express our solidarity with those of different faiths, simply by using our social media to honor these days in the lives of others wishing them a Happy Passover, a Happy Easter, and Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan)!
It can be this simple. It can be that through our cultural and spiritual capital that we can strengthen our social, financial, health, psychological, and human capitals in the midst of a pandemic. We can reach billions of souls worldwide and celebrate the majesty of the journey of the self in the midst of calamity, in the midst of devastation, in the midst of trial and tribulation. Is it any coincidence that our karmic echo is advancing in the temporal representation of these deeply held beliefs?
So, if you are willing, please pass this idea on to others in your own language, in your own thought and specificity around how a simple gesture may serve to assist our human transition in the midst of devastation. Let “Happy Passover,” “Happy Easter,” and “Ramadan Mubarak/Happy Ramadan” become the mantra of us all as we celebrate cultural and spiritual capital — a haven-port in our pandemic-storm.
Set Your Calendars To Care:
Passover – 8 April – 16 April
Good Friday – Easter – 10 – 12 April
Ramadan – 23 April – 23 May
Eternally with you all in the sanctity of our collective humanity! And Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and Ramadan Mubarak to All!!
God gets to know things, we just get to ask questions…