It's exciting and disorienting because you feel that you're not here. I get slack sometimes because people call me an optimist-as if that’s a bad thing-as if I can't see things that are wrong. But, I will tell you this. In times like that, where you’ve evaporated, you're not you. You're a million arms of steam carried to a million new locations. But, you see a million things going wrong, crumbling before your eyes, and you can do nothing. You cannot grab. You’ve no hands. You’ve no fingers. You are steam.
And you watch people hate. Watch people destroy a planet that gave them life. Watch people leave children to fend for themselves because they are not our own and we are afraid to leave the comfort of our yards. And, my friends, we are not an independent piece. We are not here to deliver monologues. We are an ensemble filled with a myriad of talent and skill and the fences you build in your yard are just as damaging as the fences we build to border nations. When did anyone come to own any of this? When did your state become your state? We don’t know because we don’t look to find the answer. We don’t need to because it’s ours now. Why? And for how long? And for who cares?
Why not evaporate and see the world? Why not open your eyes and reflect on whose ground you are walking on, whose footprints we are standing in. Learn whose air we are breathing, who has passed this on. There are stories to be told in all these. There are lessons to be learned that we are too frequently repeating. And we let people take away our history. We let people decide who we are. Who is poor and who is rich. Who gets food and healthcare and who does not. We let words and anthems and uniforms and flags and religions keep us from evaporating entirely.
Don’t be held back in ignorance. Don’t be labeled republican or democrat. Don’t let anyone do that to you. Don’t let someone lead you to believe that patriotism means your country is better than others. If that is the case, you, my friend, are the tyrant. The country that truly believes in peace should be the first to lay down their arms. Why not mend the relationships with our neighbors instead of building stronger defenses? Why not look into why there are issues to begin with instead of picking up the fallen weapon from wars whose meanings have long since been forgotten? Why not care for the planet? Why litter? Why are we not recycling? Why, if gas fumes pollute the air and pollution destroys the ability for us to breathe, do we keep driving gas-powered vehicles? Why don’t we pay attention to the weather changes? With a clear conscience, can you really find conspiracy in that? Do not let pride keep your eyes shut.
Our world is hurting right now. And has it always? Perhaps. But, why do we not open our eyes and see the bigger picture? Do not fear evolution as if it was not put here by something beyond us, too. Evolution is change. It is what we are meant to do. Fill yourself to the brim, my friends. If you do not love someone of another color than you have not met enough people of another color. If you do not love someone who is gay than you have not met enough homosexuals. This can be carried down the line to the tiniest difference to the point that if you have not loved everyone in this crazy big world, you have not loved enough. And can you ever?
Take a moment to evaporate, to see that this world is ours-not yours. We are to share, to leave it in good standing, better standing if possible. If we see only doom, if we refuse to clean up after ourselves, than why do we keep having more children? The filth will keep piling. The caps will keep melting whether you choose to see them or not. The ozone will deteriorate. The air will be dark and thick. And perhaps borders will not matter, perhaps differences in skin tone will not matter, perhaps sexual preference will not matter then because we will scarcely be able to see even our own hand in front of our face. And we will have left our children in a world destroyed-where they are born to die.
Stay in your homes if you like. Build your fences higher if you like. But, know that you are saving no one but yourself. And to only save yourself is to not save anyone.
You need only have the courage to open your eyes and you’ll see yourself in everyone else. Six billion smiles will save the world. And if you do not see that as possible than you, my friend, are not smiling.
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