Every time a human being reacts violently towards another being instead of communicating, that person is hurting him or herself. The essence of intelligence is simply this: it is always to your advantage to cooperate rather than to retaliate.

These are not “others” that you perceive as foes, but those of your own household, your family. Let them become your friends and partners in the healing and educational work of these times. Do not take them or yourself so seriously. With lightness in your heart, rise above the waves of emotional concern that would draw you beneath their surface. Feel the love that is restructuring every human illusion.

—  Return of the Bird Tribes