A few weeks ago my aunt Nancy sent me a video that blew me away. I was about to share it when I discovered the speaker was none other than Sam Harris, a popular critic of religion.
That same evening after I decided posting something by Harris wouldn’t be in keeping with my own views and intentions of peace and unity, I posted an entirely different video and received an email that another blogger had “liked” it along with a list of popular posts to check on their blog. The first post I saw written by this blogger was entitled, “Atheist Sam Harris changed my perception of him forever when he said this.” I was led right back to the video I had tried to stay away from.
I was snapped out of my identification with my own views, along with the thoughts and opinions I had attached Sam Harris to. Human beings are not the thoughts they think, the opinions they hold, or the perceptions others have of them. My perception of who another person is will never come close to the reality of their being. Now, after letting go of the need to know who Sam Harris is, it is clear to see that attaching myself to a judgement about another person will cut me off from experiencing the gifts they offer to the world.
It is with an open mind, and understanding heart, that I gladly share this beautiful moment of presence: