When I grow up, I want to be the universe.
I have many ideas about how to go about growing toward this. I have a natural inclination to be theoretically inclusive, because that erases boundaries and soothes divisions. In practice, I isolate myself.
People of Earth can be hard to take. It's a clashing collision of opposites, duality, polarities, gulfs of difference between what is said and consciously accepted and the way things actually seem to play out.
I learn what I can from wherever I find what seems to be an accurate reflection of reality. It can be a line of movie dialogue: "We accept the love we think we deserve;" a song lyric: "if you love somebody, set them free;" a teaching from a book: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you;" an out of context quote: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Anything is a possible teacher. Everything is a possible teacher.
In New Age thought systems, there's this idea of taking what resonates and leaving what does not. It's what everyone does at every moment, but it's often used as an excuse for evading reality or catering to cognitive dissonance. Avoidance does not help one expand the horizons of consciousness. Denial is a hindrance to growth. It can all be carefree, it really could, but there are shadows in our psyches that have to have the spotlight of our attention directed upon them before they can be truly cared for and integrated.
We are an integrated collection of countless beings who generally work as one. From our cells, to our families, nations, galaxies and forever outward, each entity can be an agent of peaceful togetherness, joining with others to make something greater than themselves alone. If the heart, lungs, or brain turned on one another in competition, everyone would lose.
This is why I hold love in such high regard. It is that which unifies us, accepts, soothes, heals. It is the fuel of creativity, that which frees us from our fear, the gravity that draws us together.