Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The great, unsung, extraordinary-ordinary

To continue briefly with yesterday’s thought, it seems to me that there is a direct relationship between the habit of seeing ourselves as being a special case apart from nature, and seeing the problems of society at large as if they exist not inside us, but in some distant realm. But once you look into it, it is clear that each and every action we take in our daily lives ripples far and wide. In our acts of personal greed, for instance, we will find world poverty and hunger. Yes, there are such things as droughts and disease; but there is also an epidemic of wasted food piled up in alley garbage cans, each can filled by a private individual who is unaware of, or doesn’t care about, the crime he is committing. And so we must look into our daily life if we are to even begin to understand the problems of society at large. If we are rude to our wives, rude to our husbands, rude to our children; if we yell at our pets and threaten them, it’s obvious we’re not ready or willing to see the love and cooperation required for easing the pain and strife in the world. We are not apart from nature, or from each other. But there are so many of us, and the understanding of our power and potential is so limited and poor, that we wreak havoc on the entire grand system. And I don’t say this in any way to be bleak. Because it is also clear that we would have destroyed ourselves and the world long ago if there weren’t countless souls doing their best to be helpful to all and not just themselves. They are the explorers, the great, unsung, extraordinary-ordinary people we come into contact with every day. And if they aren’t, who’s to say they won’t be so soon, especially if you — yes, you — make the first move?

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