You yourself with the steady brown hands
by Kriti Sharma, February 13th, 2017
Imagine for a moment having hands on the levers of this world. Imagine not having to go through extraordinary and psychically costly effort to lovingly and very very carefully persuade someone to put down the gun. Imagine, in a swift and compassionate motion, simply taking the gun, unloading the bullets, hurling the pistol into the sea, harmless, a new home for clams.
Imagine not having to beg this tender, human male â€“ tangle of ordinary need, knotted and luminous and deep â€“ imagine not having to have diligently studied the blueprints of his inner labyrinth just to acquire a bite to eat. Years of careful scholarship, to know when youâ€™ve edged too close to the closed and stubborn core, to know precisely what and how and how much you can reveal of your true person before some inner siren begins to wail in him and he is shutting down, shutting you out, and shutting the padlock on the refrigerator door.
Imagine patiently sawing open the padlock. Imagine opening the refrigerator door yourself. You â€“ yes you, you yourself with the steady brown hands â€“ imagine being able to open the refrigerator door, and to take what you need.
Imagine the direct path â€“ as direct as may be possible â€“ between here and some livable future. Imagine untwisting the line so it is a little cleaner and clearer. â€œCut out the middleman,â€ as they say. Less energy lost to detours, more power left to be a cause in the world.
Imagine taking power. Imagine being able to do it, to be able to empty the guns and fill the refrigerators, and leave them unlocked and available to sustain everyday life. Imagine yourself the hands of the bodhisattva, skillful and steady, steering by the stars of wisdom and compassion. Imagine making mistakes, and trying again, and never giving up on your own good heart, on your bravehearted people, or on the generous earth. Imagine the enslaved ending slavery mid-sea, steering the ship as liberated beings towards a livable home.