"That's the thing, isn't it?
Enlightenment is ruthlessly intelligent.
Peace doesn't get involved in any of the details -
one's historical, moral, religious, spiritual,
racial, political, educational or social background, and so on.
Not one iota.
Wisdom cares nothing about these things.
Freedom only knows of this one eternally present moment.
This makes it all very simple -
no need to complicate it.
With no historical or future entanglements,
there is just one immediate choice:
Are you completely willing
to be that which you say you love and revere,
no matter what the circumstances?
No pause, no hesitation, no deliberation.
If you say "Yes"
and proceed to speak or think in a way that contradicts it,
then it begs the question, are you serious about this?
This simple question,
"The way you are living this instant, does it work?"
is profoundly useful.
If it isn't working,
then what will it take?
If we are not Wisdom,
if we are not Freedom,
if we are not Serenity
this very instant,
then what good is any of this?
If we are, then in our very own being,
we offer the most precious and joyful gift in the world to everyone around us.
than thousands of philosophies or religions,
or millions of words.
It's that simple."