I have a friend who I consider a hemi-mahatma. She posted this thought on Twitter:
I think she is onto something important here in terms of retaining our power and identity as creatures of light in the darkest of circumstances.
Rather than seeking or hoping for love where it will not be extended I will embody that love and honor the humanity, divinity and fragility in everyone I encounter. I will seek love and light from the people and entities who do not begrudge it -the sources that I can trust to build me up because they consistently model love and inclusion -not as a sermon, but as a way of life -as a practice.
I will keep a closely guarded heart and seek love only where it is actually modeled -among those whose fierce and loving hearts, whose moral compass will not be swayed by dogma, in the arms of my wife, in the things I feel when I read the four gospels and other inspired texts, and in the metaphysical awe I experience in prayer, mediation, in nature, and in the laughter of children. I will not seek guidance from intercessors who claim a privileged connection to God. I will trust my own moral compass and personal relationship with the divine.
And whether or not it is reciprocated, I will not hand over my capacity for love or my desire to live a life informed by empathy and compassion to my oppressors. I will follow Christ. I will be a light in the darkness.