The choices that we make today as to the way we treat each other, the way we raise our children, the kinds of families and communities we create, will determine how the future unfolds. If we treat each other one way, we can cultivate people driven by a death urge, who are despondent and mean. If we treat each other another way, if we encourage and uphold our essential goodness and capacity for loving connection, we can nurture a society of people who are healthy and whole and whose lives will bring healing, peace, and joy to those they touch.
I believe that the real news on this planet is love – why it exists, where it came from, and where it is going. I believe that ultimately it is the love in our lives that underlies and makes possible our greatest healing and longevity.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all have a choice to be either accomplices in the status quo or everyday revolutionaries. We have a choice whether to succumb to the cultural trance, eat fast food, and race by each other in the night, or to build lives of caring, substance, and healing. So much depends on that choice.
Healthy At 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples, John Robbins, Random House. 2006.
Love and Survival: the Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy. Dean Ornish, MD, Ebury Press,1998.
A Cry Unheard: New Insights Into the Consequences of Loneliness, James J. Lynch, PhD, Bancroft Press. 2000.