Warriors for the Human Spirit project
Who are the Warriors?
A Warrior is simply a decent human being who aspires to be of service in an indecent, inhumane time. We want to be of service without adding to the confusion, aggression and fear now so prevalent, so we train ourselves well and form as a strong, supportive community. Through discipline and dedication, we develop our confidence, skillful means and compassion. We learn to see clearly into the nature of reality, and practice with enthusiastic perseverance to cultivate our own wakefulness. Warriors do not leave the scene. Our commitment is to stay engaged with those in power, to work inside our communities and in our families. We are committed to act in ways that make it possible for people to experience their human potential. We aspire to be a discerning, compassionate, sane presence in the most difficult circumstances. Yet we also realize that no matter how much mastery we have attained in our professional and personal lives, we need different skills and perspectives to meet the ever-increasing challenges we face. This is why we dedicate ourselves to Training. As Warriors, we joyfully offer our compassion and sanity:
- We have unshakable confidence that people can be kinder, gentler and wiser than our current society tells us we are. We rely on human goodness and offer this faith as a gift to others.
- We offer ourselves not as activists to change the world, but as compassionate presences and trustworthy companions to those suffering in this world. We embody compassion without ambition.
- Our confidence, dignity and wakefulness radiate out to others as a beacon of who all humans are.
- Our confidence is not conditioned by success or failure, by praise or blame. It arises naturally as we see clearly into the nature of things.
- We create an atmosphere of compassion, confidence and cheerfulness with our very presence.
- We create a good human society wherever we are, whenever we can, with the people and resources that are available to us now.
- We rely on joy arising anywhere, knowing it is never dependent on external circumstances but comes from working together as good human beings.
- We encounter life’s challenges with a sense of humor, knowing that lightness and play increase our capacity to deal with suffering.
MARGARET WHEATLEY, Ed.D.