May 8, 2009

BOLDLY, motherf*cker

Dear Internet,

I just came home from watching Star Trek, and it was awesome.

I don't want to talk too much about the movie, but it reminded me of something I wanted to share with you.

It is very important to see yourself as a Hero.

The world out there, around you and in you and of you and for you, it's big and it's crazy and it's ripe for exploration. You are boldly going where no [cough] has gone before, shining the light of your being on this very strange world which always is new. You are carrying consciousness, every single moment, into an undiscovered country.

And it's not about you.

I think that might be the essence of heroism. Batman's a hero, and the firefighters on 9/11, and possibly Al Gore. Barack Obama's my hero, even though I feel like a sap for admitting it. These are people struggling for something greater than themselves, transcending self in the pursuit of human goodness.

It's not enough for you to be the wonderful you that you are. I've challenged you to embrace your selfhood, and I stand by that challenge, but I'm remembering tonight that it's critical to let go of self when the moment comes for something greater. It is that greatness that justifies our flaws and our hardships and foibles. It makes me want to jump up and down with glory and fire, screaming my love to the Lord. It makes me want to take on bigger challenges, wrestle bigger angels, knowing that every effort, every moment, is a potential explosion of wonderful being, waiting for Team Consciousness to come celebrate its reality.

You are more than your material, Mr. Internet, and you are here to serve more than yourself. You're here to explore the universe, your universe, and delight in it and devote yourself to it. Push the boundaries of the known and the done and the believable until you've nothing left to push with, and I think you'll discover joy in the process.

A destiny calls to you, and the virtue of self-knowledge is in freeing you to hear that call. Go forth and be AWESOME.

Your friend,

Yotam Schachter-Shalomi

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