What is being asked of us
What has been said so far? Is it possible that so many wise and caring people missed something? Let’s face it the realignment of our priorities from individual intense self-interest where we separate ourselves to seeing the part we play in the life of the entire system as a member in good standing is a difficult reach. We do not want to let go. Our importance is too important to each of us.
Even some of those that have given themselves over to their God and are effectively letting go of their own self-interest and self-importance miss the finer point being made.
For some God is still out there, guiding, watching over, and ready to help or judge, whichever is needed. But we forget that our needs and wants, though expressed in prayer and song, are our responsibility. Life is calling us, to choose, to be grateful, to belong to the circle of life. Everything we touch is a part of that life. Everything we do decides the fate of everything we touch. It is our mindset that guides our choices: are we separate or a member in good standing of creation itself.
What do I Believe?
Does it matter what I think or believe. The information in this website is a pointer to a better life, it is true, and it works no matter what I personally believe. I have applied all of it in my life and although I have at times, setbacks, they are not consuming, they do not take me down paths that are not good for me, and I feel more connected. What you might be thinking does that mean?
Connected means that I am not separate. Life is not a bunch of objects I get to manipulate, play with, even discard, without consequence. Connected gives me empathy toward my surroundings and those in it. “Hurt no one, help where you can”, a great and simple starting point. Connected means that I can choose to rein in my own intense self-interest.
Here is what I do not know. Why the Universe, and everything in it, exists. What or who created it. Why I am here and what is my purpose. Is it possible to stop the insanity that humans regularly display? Does Religion solve the issue? Are any of our philosophies, any of our ideologies, any of our institutions an answer to any of or all our dysfunction?
I have pinpointed a few things that I believe are correctable. These are a part of our makeup, how we are nurtured, our biological imperatives, our basic self- interest. What is one of our greatest capabilities? To choose and to believe intently in that ability. Of course, I can choose any course of action, good or bad, the best or the worst. But if I believe intently in the power of that choice and I am totally immersed in the reality of the moment, I choose according to what is actually in front of me not clouded by what I wish was there or not there.
How easy or how difficult is this choosing concept?
My guess is that it is way more difficult than it is easy. Nowhere is it written that the path we choose is a correct or even good path. Choosing is just choosing, it is almost automatic. Almost. What influences our choosing is important. The choice can be life altering, better to be life altering in a good way. Better yes, but there are no guarantees that our direction will make us happier, more fulfilled, richer in spirit or material things. So what is the point? Great question. How aware are you of what you just acted on and what you were feeling at that moment. Were you happy, angry, sad or feeling down? Did something in your past intrude? Were you anxious or afraid? How did the people around you act?
Actually, it is not easy to be that aware all of the time. It takes practice. The better you get at it the more other parts of your life get easier, simpler, more peaceful.
What is going on, today, why is it so wrong, why?
I do not live in the rebellious world of protestors, ripping down statues, looting and destroying property, defacing everything. The recent killings, children dead, for what purpose? Where are the mayors, the governors, the police, the leaders of these communities? Do we have to declare martial law to stop such horrible behavior?
But it is not enough to bring the strong arm of the law into play, the leaders must also have to pay a steep price for their failure to protect the life and property of their citizens. Someone is leading and financing this mayhem and those someones need to feel the consequences of their permissiveness and failure to do the job they signed up to do.
Can we identify this behavior as an uprising to overthrow the current establishment? Is this a true cultural revolution? Is there honest but seriously misguided efforts to replace our democratic/capitalistic society with a centralized socialistic government?
First, we need to stop the foot soldiers of chaos, we must put the leaders on trial, and then we can have the dialogue and debate over what kind of society we want to live in. A few rules are needed though. The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence remain as foundation documents. The dialogue begins there.
The dialogue itself will avoid labeling, name calling and must explain the terminology, ideology without obscuring the reality of the underlying social fabric. Freedom first.