When I was young I was an idealist, dreamer and believer in humanity. Now as I grow older and reached the half century mark I am not as much of a dreamer but I still fight to be an idealist. My belief in humanities potential has not changed but my belief in their willingness to change has diminished. It still there, just now I see things from more of a realistic view for the dreamer is not dead just less optimistic I guess. I believe that the internet and mass media played a big part on the decline of my optimism. The constant onslaught of information being consumed comes with a heavy toll. Bad news always prevails over the news of miracles and good news. Just how it has always been in this human world far back as the first spoken and/or written word.
I dare not give up on believing in a possible future where humanity works together for the common good instead of individualistic goals or gains. As humans we are wired to be selfish because we have our own perspective of what reality and life is. We are geared for self preservation and self promotion. The mind is geared that way to ensure survival, but we also have the side of us which is compassionate and focused on the group, the emotional side of ourselves is geared to ensure survival of the group and/or species in a whole. The problem is most people have imbalance between those two sides , Some tend to see taking care of themselves as the highest priority and the taking care of the group or whole as the lowest. Both should be high priority, the whole should be the highest but the self should be right next to it in priority.
For if one is either totally selfless or completely selfish it does not serve the group or themselves in the end. Look at it in this way, if you had a horse and it worked selflessly, not eating or drinking to pull a wagon to market it may die before it makes it there. Just the same if it was selfish and ate, drank and rested all the time for it would either never reach its destination or would reach it too late. One extreme or the other does no one any good, I will not say there is not times that we may have to make sacrifices or be totally selfless to get jobs done, just pointing out that only in extreme circumstances that we should do such.
Well Thank you for reading the ramblings of this old fool, and may you find your own path in life.
When someone begins to believe they have all the answers is when that person loses their perspective and their hold on reality. One should always be open-minded and willing to dig for the truth, not just accept the readily available and accepted beliefs. For at one time in our history we all believed the universe revolved around the earth and that the earth was flat. To the available facts we had during those periods in history who was to argue with those beliefs? Well the few great thinkers and explorers who did not accept the then known beliefs did.
It is the curious minds, those minds not set in concrete that pave the way for humanity, we must reach beyond what we know to be true and into the unknown if we are to evolve mentally and spiritually as a species. To explore, Push the boundaries of what is known is the true nature of man, when we focus on that nature we progress as a species in whole.
If a person lives in a hobble or if they live in a palace they are no better or worse than the other. The possession of wealth, power and even education has no weight in the worth of their life or their worthiness. What makes a person great is not how much power or toys they possess, it is the riches of their heart and the compassion in their souls that is to be weighed. Some of the greatest people in history were poor and some where even uneducated compared to modern standards. Great minds come from the curiosity and strength of their desire to learn and make change in the world around them.
In the modern world we put way too much focus on superficial things as a persons looks, their charisma and their financial success. Now I give kudos to the financially successful folk, it takes a lot of hard work to get to such a level of wealth. But in the end that wealth is useless unless it is handled by one with a compassionate spirit and a forward humane mind. Far as charisma, that can be taught and copied and looks fade or can now be bough from a plastic surgeon. It’s not those gifts that matter most, though they are greatly coveted by most people. It is the ability to stand up for the unfortunate, the strength to blaze your own path and do what is right even in the face of adversity and public disapproval. We are our brothers and sisters keeper, we are the caretakers of this beautiful and majestic world of ours.
If your brother falls from a heavy load, pick up that brother and share the load, if the river bank is covered in trash then clean it up. This world is our home and all of us are brothers and sisters of the human family. All the things we see that we believe divides us are just constructs created by our minds imagination, what does the color, religion, sex or even political party have to do with the worth of a person? Does their financial situation dictate if they are worthy of compassion or not? Too many things we tend to use as an excuse to keep us separate and keep us from taking responsibility for our lives and our actions.
Compassion, Love and understanding are three of the most important and valuable qualities found in humanity. We are a world community now, we must learn to be co-operative and understanding of one another or we will bring the downfall of our species in one way or another.
How you live your life and spend your time in it is all up to you, you can walk blindly by those in need, not listening to those calling out for your help or you can be open-eyed and listening to the cries of others. One day it may be you on the needing end of the equation. Treat folks kindly and be a positive influence on the world we share and live in.
On my path through life I was faced with the decision of either continuing down a path that was killing my spirit slowly, a place of employment where I could not be myself and I was constantly put down. Well to make the story short after a supervisor yelled at me and threatened me I chose to walk away. After which I found so many people willing to be there for me in heart, spirit and even financially. I feel the Negative forces of the universe thought it would destroy me and in the end it just gave me more faith in humanity and God.
Though Times may get rough for me down the road far as finances, I will survive and I shall find a new path to walk. More faith in my heart and soul than there has been in over a decade or two I face the road ahead with many by my side. The point is this, No matter what life may throw at you there is always the good things it throws in with it, if your willing to accept them or not they are there. Just good to see folks living by the ideal that he/she is not heavy he/she is my brother/sister mentality and heart.
Thank you and God Bless every one of you for the Moral support and financial as well. I am so blessed to have good friends, be they online or in person…