"Monks, the All is aflame… Aflame, I tell you, with birth, aging, and death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, and despairs."
—Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon
All is aflame. The scale at which hatred and despair are spreading feels exponential to me these days. There is fear that democracy, never a perfect system, is being eclipsed by totalitarianism and fascism. Whether you identify as a social justice activist or not, if you're alive, you're acting in the world, and your thoughts and actions have consequences. How can we act in alignment with our spiritual values for the long haul?