So What Do You Do?
"At this point I always reach an impasse. I have some good questions but
the answers, aren't. The answers are not simple, they aren't constant nor
or they applicable to anyone but the person who comes up with them. Too
many qualifiers and too many extenuating circumstances; there can not be
policy on murder. It is all up to the action: do, don't, wait, denounce,
promote, avert your eyes... Ideas are ephemeral, action is obtuse (built
from ideas) and the action defines the image.
So what do you do?"
So what do you do? When you cannot really change the world, you still believe
that you can change it in your own way for the better. Humanity simply has not
risen to a state of collective awareness where it has attained a universal
consciousness, thereby resolving its conflicts. We may choose to individually
change the world in a small way by constantly working to improve ourselves as
Human Beings, by becoming more conscious, more giving, serving, loving,
compassionate. We may dedicate our lives to the creation of things which
better the quality of life - through invention, science or art, or by
promulgating ideas of a visionary nature, advancing the human race to the next
level by the sheer magnitude of their power and importance.
We might be a teacher who is truly inspiring his or her students to realize
their full potential, or we might be a Ghandi, Einstein, Shakespeare, or
Beethoven who influenced untold millions of lives, or none, as the case may be.
The fact of the matter is that Humanity as a whole is, has always been, and
probably always will be, in a stage of evolution up the evolutionary ladder
from apeman to spaceman. We have never been a conscious race of human beings.
Yes, there have been isolated moments of high civilizations where we attained a
higher degree of learning and civility, but every one of those civilizations as
paid for through slavery, injustice and tyranny. Do we think today, even if we
have arrived to a higher purpose in life, that we do not purchase products that
are manufactured in third world countries through subsistence labor, enriching
the corporations, yet keeping workers just above poverty?
Injustice stalks the Earth each and every moment throughout Earth’s days.
Murder? As you say - to irrevocably terminate a human life - now that is
really reprehensible, it offends the very life of me, and yet I see it in
almost every film, and read it throughout literature. Yes, murder is the
ultimate deprivation of human rights and it has become the province of Man’s
power to wield it in gigantic forces through war. We can take a fine, upstart
human being, conscript them into a military machine, and in a few weeks, give
that person a weapon, and transform them from a peaceful person into a killer
who jumps for joy when killing the enemy.
Yes, we have created the concept of "enemy" and we de-humanize them to the
point of an animal deserving to die, die, die. Then we kill, kill, kill. And
we can high-five ourselves, whistling with joy. And yet, once that soldier has
returned to civilian life, we will place him or her in prison for murder and
make them a pariah. Yes, the very same individual. What a world we have been
born into - our territoriality, localism, nationalism, regionalism destroy our
very concept of humanity. Billions of people suffer in every way imaginable.
Ours is a world of suffering, even amongst the well-to-do who fear the loss of
security. Even amongst the wealthy nations whose citizens generally eat too
much, buy too much, hate too much, place themselves into unimaginable debt, and
bring diseases upon themselves, cancers, wretched mental health and
psychological diseases whose citizens worry themselves to death over what they
The people who inhabit Planet Earth, in the general course of their daily
lives, are unenlightened, and worse, small-minded, mean-spirited, petty,
selfish, envious, greedy, ugly-minded, often giving rise to dishonesty,
resulting in evil-thinking, and thus acts of evil such as stealing, raping,
terrorizing, murdering, serial-killing, warring, and engaging in unfathomed
bouts of genocide.
And yet, and yet, in this dichotomy, there exists individuals devoted to
selfless service, to positive thinking, affirmative "doing" in their daily
lives. The creative principle pulses through many who dream for a finer world,
who can envision a greater humanity, who put their principles to work for
positve change and transformation. People who are driven by good-will, who
believe in the innate goodness of humankind, in truth, in love as an unbeatable
power to transform the world from chaos into a world civilization devoted to
peace, to education, to the liberation of humanity from all forms of tyranny -
to a real and lasting freedom, a peace in the world based upon Truth, on
Universal Consciousness, on Love, Justice, and Enlightenment.
So we dream on for this better world, while surrounded by the unheard cry of
human wails screaming for liberation from their concept of the human
condition. We envision a loftier society, whilst made painfully aware of the
daily news and the power of the media to influence whole generations by
focusing on the negative aspects of the human condition, and in fact elevating
them to a de facto standard of excellence so that billions of dollars are made
through television, films, books, music, and videos. Now we live in a society
which purchases murder for shock value and buys wholesale the most unimaginable
horrors, de-sensitizing atrocities of the worst kind to abstractions while we
eat our dinners in front of television sets, or munching popcorn while people
are killed with even higher magnum forces that whole heads are blown out in
front of our eyes with blood spurting all over the screen as we hold hands with
our lovers, eating peanuts and candy. Then going home to make love with our
hot Saturday night dates after celebrating iniquity, violence, meyhem, and
What is our way through the morass of sensationalism, injustice, inequality,
and the criminalization of our societies?
The answer may be only found in our own spiritual growth, or own working to
attain a higher level of consciousness. The answers may be ultimately found in
what personal choices we make to improve our lives, and the lives of those
around us, our mates, our families, our friends, our neighbors, and the new
people coming into our lives. Ultimately we must live by our conscience and
our consciousness. We must discover for ourselves, our own ways to work for
the betterment of the world. We must clarify our own pathways to love, and
work to enlarge that love so that almost everyone we know is affected
profoundly by that love. We have to grow into greater beings, finer than we
ever were. We have to explode out of ourselves into magnificent human beings,
we have to attain Universality within our own lifetimes and give it back to the
Earth. We must amaze ourselves with our potential to rise in consciousness and
thus in action, resulting in deeds done for the good of ourselves, for all
those around us and our common, and ever present, fellow-sister Humanity.
Thank you Alan for your thoughtful question. I am most grateful for the
opportunity you have given me to respond.