the 4th of July

Since I do not think there is anything to be gained by believing in mere coincidence, this book cover staring at me from my shelf this morning of the 4th of July was all the more startling. The words of Swami’s intro to the classic Ātmabodha by Śri Śankara reminded me that democracy isn’t just a construct, the rules agreed upon to play a game. It is natural. It is based on empathy. It is about wishing the best for all others as you would have them wish for you. It is related to our very being.

The outpour of messages of consternation this 4th of July might be disheartening, but I prefer to see them as a ray of hope.

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A native of Chicago, Ricky Toledano has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for over twenty years as a writer, translator and teacher. [a]multipicity is multi-lingual collection of reflections through the humanities.

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