Humans of the Dub: Truth / Faith / Competition

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Humans of the Dub: Truth / Faith / Competition

Photograph by Atticus Li, Humans of the Dub

Photograph by Atticus Li, Humans of the Dub

Photograph by Atticus Li, Humans of the Dub

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If you could ask the universe one question and get the absolute truth what would you ask? I would define truth as something that is constant no matter how much change we have.

It seems to me in every era of my life the only thing that is constant in my life is the force of love. That seems to be the only thing that doesn’t wavier or doesn’t cause questions, it just seems to always be there when you seek it, if your brain is at the right place.

What could you talk about for hours?

Coffee. I could talk about coffee for hours. Love, yoga, dancing – although if I am talking about dancing for hours, I would just dance for hours. It’s a form of communication.

What is something that is really important to you that you never talk about? 

I never really talk about, probably faith in the past, faith in love, and faith in determining within. To seek guidance from a higher power. I don’t typically talk about it because everyone’s got their own certain beliefs, and certain verbiage turns people off. But, I find that if I just live by example and live the love that I feel in my own personal practice, that is enough and doesn’t require words.

Last question, if you could change one thing about the way you were raised, what would it be?

I would definitely choose to inform the adults around me to not raise me to stand out.

Why?

It’s important to teach a child to utilize their special skills and their special gifts. I think the early competition that we put upon children is very harmful, rewarding them for getting straight A’s, rewarding them for being top in the class, or number one at this or number one at sports, or even [the way] art gets graded and evaluated. I would discourage the prize giving of a child for a child to stand out in this way. It’s detrimental to them in adulthood because if they fall short of it they would feel like they have let someone down.