A politics of outrageous love
We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response to outrageous pain is outrageous love.
Why do we close our hearts in the face of outrageous pain? We realize that our hearts close in the gap between our ability to feel and heal. To love is unbearably painful. Not to love is even more unbearably painful. When we close our hearts to outrageous pain our hearts close to their true feeling in every part of our life. To open our hearts we must close the gap between our ability to heal and our ability to feel.
This begins with the realization that it is not yours to heal it all. It is yours to respond as an outrageous lover—committing outrageous acts of love—that address a unique need that arises in your unique circle of intimacy and influence. You awaken as outrageous lover by giving the unique gift that addresses this unique need in your unique circle of influence. Your unique gift is a natural function of your unique self—which is comprised of your unique perspective and your unique taste—the unique quality of intimacy that incarnates as you. In giving your unique gift your reclaim your potency. You reclaim your power to heal. By reclaiming your power to heal you reclaim your ability to feel the pain. You are able again to live with an open heart. You remain awake as outrageous love. You know that you cannot heal all of the pain. But you can hold that for you are able to powerfully address the pain that is yours to heal. That is the pain that can be addressed by the potency of your unique self.
We then take our final step. We articulate an outrageous social vision, in which each person committing their unique outrageous acts of love participates in enacting a Unique Self Symphony that has the capacity to heal the entire story. An emergent politics of outrageous love begins to take form before our eyes. A politics of outrageous love that is as practical as it is lyrical.
Marc Gafni, with minor edits by me
Submitted by Tom Goddard on November 14, 2016.