In Redding, California (2004), Angel watched a little girl walk by, carrying such a heavy weight of sadness he wanted to cry. The woman he was with said, "Yeah, but why do you care? You don't even know her. You talk like she is your responsibility, like she is one of your kids." And he replied "Don't you get it? You're all my kids. Every single one of you."
It's been true to him for a long time. He realised a long time ago that people aren't grown-ups emotionally - they're all children. By the age of 13, he was feeling a sense of responsibility for all of them, for the fact that they were hurting and he so much wanted to help. He has felt other people's pain, their anger, rage, since he was an infant. Their cruelty and deception and violence. And when you pick up someone else's feelings, it's personal, it feels just like your own feelings - that's what the gift of empathy is like. Since he was a child he has been dealing with the pain of thousands of people. He grew up with the awareness that they are all just babies, and when they're scared, when they're the most angry, the most cruel, that's when they're youngest.
He's always felt like he wished he could do something, but didn't know what. This sense has continued to grow since then. They're no longer just all children, but they are all his children. He should be helping them. If they're hurting, it hurts him and it's his problem to handle. This is why he wants to make this a world where all his kids, all the little ones, can be happy, can be kind to one another, grow and learn and play without fear, where they can live and love and learn and grow. This is why he does the work that leaves him with huge amounts of physical pain and weakness. Each decent parent will tell you, you will do whatever you have to for your kids. So what if it hurts, or is difficult.
"They're my kids, and I'm going to make this world a place where they have a chance to become whatever they choose. I have faith in my kids, that if I give them a world without all the fear and ugliness, where they can trust and love and grow, that what they'll grow into is something so beautiful and so amazing that this tiny species will reshape the galaxy. It's just to give my kids a chance, to figure out who they are, to celebrate that and enjoy, to love, life and light. This is why I do it."