He taught me to question everything - from TV shows to words, relationships, people, my thoughts, my beliefs, my assumptions, the health system, the governments, education systems, politics, economic, psychology. He taught me how to look at this world in a way that is contrary to the norm. He taught me how to trust myself. He taught me how to talk to people. He taught me what real love is. He showed me what it is to sacrifice yourself for the good of all.
When he looked into your eyes, he saw all of you - even those thoughts you tried to hide. This made many people uncomfortable.
He challenged your self beliefs "Is this really who you are? That which you so strongly believe yourself to be?" Most could not bear to answer him.
He challenged your intentions "You say you care, so then live like you care - show you care. Stand and live by principles and a practical plan that will bring about change. Saying you care does not change the world."
He challenged your relationships "Why do you allow sexual thoughts of a person other than your partner? Do you realise what the consequences of this are?"
He challenged the world system and your trust in it "Why do you accept a system that does not care for each and every being? Why do you trust in a system that is based on exploitation and allows daily genocides?"
He challenged your commitments "Why are you not consistent? Why are you allowing yourself to only do the bare minimum?"
He was controversial - but only because what we already accept as being acceptable is so completely unacceptable that the only things we consider to be reasonable are abuse and inequality. Bernard demanded equality and so he was labelled as controversial.
He is not here to motivate us anymore - we must motivate ourselves.
He is not here to challenge our beliefs and what we accept and allow anymore - we must challenge ourselves.
He is not here to remind us to be patient anymore - we must give ourselves patience.
He is not here to quiet our thoughts anymore - we must quiet our own thoughts.
He is not here to resolve our petty conflicts anymore - we must stand in stability with others and breathe through our reactions, not allow words coming from emotions.
I commit myself to walk this path I have chosen. I commit myself to stand by the principles that are best for all. I shall not waiver.