“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
~Chinese Philospher , Lao-Tse ,6th Century BCE
Something I have been slowly realizing lately, is that the outer world is typically indicative of the inner one. When there is Chaos and Mayhem inside my mind, It is usually present in my life as well. But the most interesting thing, I find, is that I have complete control of how I feel and what I do about it. The problem is almost always within me, a product of my own reactions to life and it’s circumstances. I could choose to allow something to seriously bother me (as I often do), and get angry and scream and in the end nothing will be different and i’ll probably have a bigger problem to deal with. Or I could choose to slow down and meditate on the situation, and try to look at it from a level of compassion that makes it impossible to be angry. Which in the end has always shown to be the best course of action, if any is necessary at all.
There are several things about this country that really make me angry. The way we treat other people, ourselves, our Planet, and Animals is disgusting, to say the very least. The corruption and oppression our apathy constantly upholds, all over the world, is astounding. And the widely popular Fear of those who speak up with voices of Love and Change, Who fight for Freedom and Equality, is depressing. At the end of the day though, I have to figure out a way to live with these realities while at the same time trying to change them. I cannot allow myself to become emotional, angry or hateful, or else i’m being counterproductive. It’s only when I approach the problem with firm understanding and endless compassion do I even begin to be able to experience it fully. And then decide the best way to move forward.
What would I gain if I ran around pointing fingers and making accusations and ruining reputations? I’d be playing “their” game and the thing about that game is it is set up for you to lose. I’d rather play by my own rules and work toward change rather than arguing about it. I feel I can accomplish more from a platform of tolerance and Love, when I look at those I am disagreeing with in terms of how we are alike rather than separate.
We have a world full of people with alot of answers, but rarely the right questions. Am I Free? Truly. Inside and out? Or have the people I have so freely handed the authority used it to slowly pull the wool over my eyes and turn me into a shiny cog in the machine of consumerism. We may no longer protest in the street and speak up for our liberty without being labeled as “Terrorists”. New laws get passed each year that take away just a little more of your Freedom. Because, in essence, each law is just another stipulation of your Freedom. Just another thing you cannot do.
The problem with authority is it’s not discriminate. Anyone can invoke it, Psychopaths, Sociopaths, Fascists, etc etc. When you open the door, there’s no telling who will walk through. Which has historically led to leaders like Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Mubarak, Assad, and The American Government for the past 150 years. We must take back control over our own lives. We must be able to decide for ourselves the best course of action in our own existence.
After all, WE are the ones who pave the streets, WE grow the food, We heal the sick and WE drive the buses. WE clean their houses, teach their children and cook their food, we even drive them around in their expensive cars. WE ought to be able to have a say in how our World is run. Our leaders should be trusted servants, they should not govern. Their jobs should be to protect, serve and care for those they represent, not to impose limitations to another persons liberty. Only a persons Creator can be his master, all others are his equal.