The excerpt below was taken from United States President Donald Trump’s speech to the 91st Annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: As you know, earlier today, there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter is in custody and federal authorities have been dispatched to support state and local police, and conduct a full and thorough federal investigation.
Michael Richardson-Borne: What is more horrific than a shooting that killed innocent people you ask? I’d say the horror and pain of believing in a separate self that underlies the painful stories that drive the squeeze of a trigger finger. I’d say the horror of being blind to questioning the separate self. I’d say the horror of a society being left in the dark about their own internal struggles – left on the shore, back turned to the ocean. They hear its murmur, they feel its gentle tide washing over their feet – but the magnetism, or peer pressure, of separation prevents them from turning around and taking a journey into its vastness. I’d say the horror of a society that smears the need for exploration of the internal world as merely part of a medical condition or something to re-establish a stable story of a separate self. I’d say the horror of not understanding what establishes the environment for killers to exist – a collective belief in separate objects that can take such extreme offense to other objects, they are willing to attack these entities they think are outside of consciousness. I’d say forgetting the truth of Non-separation.
American political voices spend a lot of time debating gun control laws, some trying to put greater restrictions on who can purchase guns based on their mental health – or changing the types of guns people can purchase. The entirety of this debate is overlooking the problem that underlies the problem. It isn’t recognized that nobody under the influence of a separate self is mentally healthy enough to own a weapon. When separation is present, there are others in the field to take action against. Until these others are no longer present as mere objects of individual experience, until the baseline of collective life is Non-separation, the country’s law makers should think twice about doling out weapons to anyone in the public, including the military. If guns are given to the separate self, it holds a story that will find reason to use them. The most dangerous weapon Congress needs to make available to the people is self inquiry – the weapon that takes aim at the separate self, the problem of the problem that guns present.
The point is we live in a culture whose primary assumption is the belief in a separate self. Collectively this belief leaves us to live in a culture of separation where every expression of our world is one infested with a foundational separative belief. With this being the case, there is no way around the outpouring of separative outcomes – as we are all under the influence of the illusion of total isolation, even when we are amongst company. This isolation causes a continuous experience of suffering, one that lashes out internally at its own thoughts or externally at anything that doesn’t seem to share an identical story.
Knowing this, you will notice that the shooter is not the only one in custody as those who performed the arrest are also under the custody of the separate self. They are in the same situation of confused identity and lived experience without realizing it.
In the culture of separation, shooters are guilty, but law enforcement officers who make the arrests are not. From the remembrance of Non-separation, all of them are guilty of protecting a separative belief system that animates a needless situation of cops and robbers that kills the alignment with their true being. Both sides are guilty of submitting to an environment of separative justice as the best they can do – guilty of accepting that the combat of cops and robbers is “just the way things are.”
All people, including you Mr. President, are already in a prison of their own making. It’s a physical and mental prison that you take as the totality of your individual experience. You fail to recognize that the state of interaction in our world is between two or more people already in prison, living in a dream of being separate autonomous entities.
There isn’t a person on the planet who wouldn’t admit that there is a tremendous amount of pain and suffering in our world. Yet, very few of us will grit our teeth and get to the bottom of this suffering. We just accept it as a normal part of our experience. We leave one another in prison when each of us hold the keys to unlock one another’s barred doors, the keys to free all the lives that we touch. We turn a blind eye to emaciated dying humans on every corner, each in an internal desert on their backs dying of thirst, longing for water, with a vulture hovering in wait a few yards away. This is true horror, the horror that we live in, the horror that we live as. So when acts of killing like this occur, when the world is in our faces screaming at us to wake up to the true state of our being, how do we find a way to not take internal action?
Does it take that much courage to admit we all live the lives of killers right now? Preachers, bankers, soccer moms, the wholesome suburbs, the posh in their designer boots, the school teacher and college professor, the nurse and the doctor, the psychologist – all live lives complicit in sustaining separation. Are we really that arrogant to think otherwise? Are we really too caught up in our contracted separate worlds to question our experience? Can you not fathom that you are the one placing ammunition into empty chambers? Every day, you ignore the reason for the suffering of everyone you come into contact with – you watch as they are continuously hit by separative bullets in their ignorance of Non-separation. We should all be investigated for this.
Finding yourself innocent because you didn’t use bullets reveals the confusion of your point of view. Not being the final cause of an event doesn’t mean you’re not being lived as the total cause.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly, something that is unimaginable. Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an anti-Semitic act. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.
Michael Richardson-Borne: What you call pure evil is a form of grace. Evil is a blessing if you are attuned enough to receive it, it’s a searing invitation begging you to ask who you truly are. But rather than being attuned to what evil is trying to show you, you prefer to find yourself free of evil because you weren’t the one who pulled the trigger. This is the classic viewpoint of separation. You think you are innocent because you think you are separate. Evil is something outside of you – something that an individual or an individual action can be labeled as. This labeling allows you to bask in the comfort of thinking you haven’t played any part in an evil that, when rightly viewed, is known to be an expression of the whole, of consciousness itself, of Non-separation. Not only did you pull the trigger, your separative point of view was the evil that rose from the smoking gun.
In order to protect your separate self’s story, you willfully maintain your innocence by sticking your head in the sand. This kind of separative innocence is an act of your imagination, a defense mechanism of your separate self to keep your mind off the hook when it comes to asking tough questions. It’s what I call “the posers of innocence” – a global population of posers in denial of their role in the totality’s expression of evil, doing everything they can to protect their story of innocence by thinking they’re “just living life” as compartmentalized packets of individual experience. If you would take time to look inward rather than parroting a standardized response that damns the activities of the perceived autonomous, you would notice your complicity in the culture of separation – complicity that makes your blindness to Non-separation the evil sunlight and water for the rampant growth of evil.
The primary assumption of humanity is the belief in a separate self. It’s this assumption that is pure evil. It’s this pure evil that spawns the lack of conviction you portray when you speak about anti–Semitic acts. These sorts of boiler plate comments are habits of the separate self – boring comments coming from a bored, and misaligned, experience of the mind. These comments have no life because they are divorced from life. They have no feeling because the foundation of feeling is not felt. Your comments are blasé because you are choked off from anything real, disconnected from the nature of Non-separation, save for a mere pinprick of light that allows just enough life in to maintain breathing and thought.
As an aside, I want to point out that this murder is, in fact, imaginable because the murder itself showed up in the confines of an imagination encapsulated by an assumptive story of a separate self. From the experience of separation, imagination is thought to be a device for the creative – the separate self does not know that this dream-like imagination is actually inside of a broader imagination. Both imaginations together are a movie being played into being, a script already written that includes the story of the self and all of what are thought of as its personal endeavors. The realization of Non-separation unmasks this movie of the separate self for the story it is, and teaches us that nothing witnessed can ever be unimaginable. Being lived as Non-separation, it is known that the impersonal nature of who you are lives the imaginations of all individuals – and to tie this all together, these imaginations produce the fiction of autonomous actions of murder.
Consciously being lived as an expression of Non-separation, mass murder is an easy outcome to see on every horizon. It’s fully expected in this day and age as it was in every other day and age. Why? Because separation only breeds more separation.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Our minds cannot comprehend the cruel hate and the twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence during a baby naming ceremony. This was a baby naming ceremony at a sacred house of worship on the holy day of Sabbath.
Michael Richardson-Borne: “Our minds cannot comprehend the cruel hate and the twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence.” You have named the problem here and don’t realize it. The cause is right in front of your face and you refuse to look. The cause is lived into being as a belief in the separate self. From a separative perspective, the mind is not equipped to see the cause of hate because it is the cause of hate. The mind is blind to what it is resting in and as – blind to the impersonal stature of the separate self’s statutes of cruelty, hate and malice. It’s this blindness to separation that allows you to claim the impossibility of comprehension. As Non-separation, I can comprehend the cause of terrible violence clearly.
The ceremony you speak of is one in which we honor the arrival of another object of separation – another being brought into the world to be misled as a separate self. Another separate autonomous individual being taught that traveling through a culture of cruelty is the norm. Rearing children today is a practice of teaching them how to best tolerate the culture of separation rather than holding space for them to be aligned with the truth of their being. So we celebrate the naming of children – we pay homage to his or her moniker of separation. And, in doing so, we honor the child’s isolation from the whole rather than honor the whole’s expression of the child.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Anti-Semitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represents one off the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vial, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears. There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice. You know that. You know that very well. (Applause.) You know that very well.
Michael Richardson-Borne: We are all persecuted by the suffering at the root of our personal belief in separation. That’s how we know persecution – how it naturally shows up as an expression in our world. Due to this self persecution caused by our belief in separation, we live amidst a violent blossoming of mass persecution of our true being. You are unaware of this – unaware that your world is an arboretum of persecution that stems from ignoring the truth of Non-separation.
Ignoring this truth is what spawns the septic garden for your ugliest and darkest features to grow.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: You’re outstanding people. You were brought up incredibly by outstanding parents, in most cases. And I just want to thank you for your understanding. Because today, with one unified voice, we condemn the historic evil of anti-Semitism and every other form of evil. And unfortunately, evil comes in many forms. And we come together as one American people.
Michael Richardson-Borne: One unified voice stemming from a foundational belief in disunity is separation.
Historic evil arrives in one assumption and has one expression – the expression of a separate self.
We are always already together – the “coming together” is an illusion of a separate self.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: We mourn for the unthinkable loss of life that took place today, and we pledge in their name to fight for a future of justice, safety, tolerance, morality, dignity, and love.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Fighting for a future of concepts will yield no change.
That said, we all mourn together for the loss of life itself – we mourn our collective disconnect from the truth of Non-separation.