Short Story – 6000 words (20 min read time). By Kaelan Strouse. “Fucking faggot.” I mutter it quiet like, under my breath. I walk past the fool making a spectacle of himself in the town square. Carrying on like that; drawing attention to himself, as if we had nothin’ better to watch than hisContinue reading “FICTION: The Gay Plague”
I recently had a conversation with a friend. She – unlike my parents who have said something like this to me for years – was finally able to get through to me an idea that I have never before been able to truly take in. It’s about comparison. She pointed out to me how much of my life I spend evaluating others – and by extension, myself.
Why do I need to feel so damn special? Why does that need keep arising with in me? Maybe… just maybe it’s because something deep within me is asking me to connect with something so much more than what I see around me…
I comprehend that we all have hurts, fears, prejudices, misunderstandings, and more; but it is our work as human beings to resolve those conflicts WITHIN OURSELVES. It is our task to become free, loving, accepting, and tolerant inside. It’s too lofty of a goal to say we must love and embrace one another as brothers and sisters, but we can surely achieve tolerance and compassion for our fellow humans.
As I practiced meditation more and more, I began to sense the same awareness residing in people I met, nature, and surroundings. I began to identify less with “I am so-and-so and I do this and I won that,” but “I am pure, I am love, I am bliss, I am everything, I am nothing.”