Over the last 5 plus years while active on Facebook and my blog, I have made a concerted effort to minimize any posts regarding politics, religion, or ideology. I have worked to make uplifting and positive posts that I hope have made the landscape of social media a little more worthwhile. 

My intentions haven’t changed. However, in light of recent events in our nation, I feel a need to take a firmer position against ignorance, fear, anger, violence and the baser qualities of human nature that seem fixed on gaining a foothold in our government and communities. We cannot afford to say nothing in the face of this darkness. Subtle (and not so subtle) choices are being made that stand poised to have profoundly negative and oppressive effects on the people of this country for years to come.

This isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans, or Conservatives vs. Liberals, Fundamentalists vs. Atheists. This is about awareness vs. ignorance. This is about an attack on the very ideals that have helped to make this country a pinnacle or human values, ideals, and achievement. Are we, are our children, is not the legacy our nation is founded on worth our voices speaking out against what we all know inherently to be in stark conflict with our values? I believe it is. I believe we all have a choice to make. Will we be neutral fence-sitters, with a passive “wait and see” attitude? Or will we let our voices be heard and stand up to be counted for what we all know to be right and true? 

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

               – Neil Peart

In the classic of Yoga literature, The Bhagavad Gita, the great warrior Arjuna faces a moral dilemma and is counseled by the wise Krishna. After a lengthy discourse on the philosophy of Yoga, Krishna tells Arjuna definitively, “Stand up, and fight for knowledge!” The fight he speaks of is metaphorical and reminds the reader to oppose ignorance and choose the path of awareness.

In that vein, I choose the path of knowledge and awareness. I will choose to oppose injustice, fear, ignorance, hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and violence. As a Yogi and Martial Artist, I feel an obligation to shine the light of higher awareness into the world in toward the goal of raising collective consciousness while helping to protect those weaker than myself.

If this choice or my subsequent posts makes you uncomfortable or if you disagree with my position, I heartily respect your right to disagree, unfollow, or unfriend me as you see fit. After the election season we’ve just been through, no one would blame you if you didn’t want to see anything remotely politically motivated for the next four years. However, I sadly don’t think we can afford to wait for the next election to speak or write or vote in defense of our values. We cannot be fence-sitters; the stakes are too high for us not to say or do anything. The time is now to ensure that the hard-won liberties we enjoy today won’t be buried by blind sweeping hand of ignorance.