The world is a dangerous place. Life is unfair. People are cruel.
We must all unite together, stand up and demand change! Politics, the global stage, war, business, arts, society, economy, all are rife with cruelty, abuse, and inequity.
These things have existed since the dawn of civilization, and it is time that they STOP! Join with me and we will make the world the place it is meant to be; safe, secure, prosperous, equal, joyful, and compassionate, once and for all.
In an uncertain world, there is one thing for which we can be virtually certain.
We will not succeed in this.
We can look back upon ten thousand years of human evolution, seeing where we have come from and compare it to where we have come to and know that the world has not changed at all.
It is essentially the same as it has always been.
Despair? Maybe not.
Let’s reframe. Let us take the evidence at face value and concede that perhaps the world is not SUPPOSED to change. This is a high-altitude view, so get your wings on.
PERHAPS, struggle is the nature of the human experience. Struggle is why we are here. Struggle is our gift. The innocent mind will discover the cruelty of the world, rightly conclude that it is wrong, and falsely assume that it is the world that must change.
Maybe, just maybe, in the heart of our hearts, the home of our homes, the self of ourselves, our mission and destiny are only to find our course through this world of marvels and maliciousness, danger and wonder. What if we are here only to learn for ourselves to make the right choices, turn the correct turns, find our own small, safe, and sacred beauty in this world.
Does that sound too selfish? Too easy? Instead of only being satisfied with a changed world, can we be satisfied with just our changed self? It’s easier to blame the world than to task ourselves.
The truth may be that we do not own the world and that we may have absolutely no right to it. We may only own and have the right to our individual path THROUGH it. Within the part of my path that touches yours resides my experience of the world. I don’t need to change the entire world, I just need to make your’s and my experience of it better.
We all can make ourselves mad with anger and despair by living with the mindset that nothing is right until the whole world changes. We can split our guilty consciousness with a thousand worthy causes, ten thousand, and ten times that. We can maim our spirits and throw away all belief in the goodness of life by refusing to accept that the world is the way it should be.
What if the world were not the insurmountable “task” we imagine it to be, but a “garden”; a garden of love and fear that we get to pick our path through.
Instead of insisting that the world change for us, that every wrong should be righted, every problem solved; let’s instead, from this high-height, understand that the context of the world will never change. Light the path in front of you, and avoid the darkness.
What would the world be like, I wonder, if we all chose ONE CAUSE that resonated deeply for us, aligned with our own personal destiny, and strove for that one achievable goal, being at peace with the rest; knowing that the rest is for others to choose.
I would rather help one person utterly, than a thousand imperceptibly, and let the collateral goodness fall where it may.
But I guess that’s my path.