The symptoms of great cruelty, injustice, and suffering in our society is reflective of a general population of people that to this day don’t fully understand who they really are. That don’t value or comprehend that we, after all, are all in this together. That don’t really know that everything we do (or say, or think, or feel!) affects every other being and vice-versa.
Consider this: what if the real you is not an isolated set of mechanical receptors within a brain trapped within this bag of skin and bones, entirely separate from the world around you?
What if what you call “you” is just an illusion?
And the real You extends far beyond your physical body to the space surrounding it? To the person sitting next to you, to every other “separate” person, animal, or thing you come across–into the entirety of experience that you get to enjoy for this brief, brief flash of time?
We have enough weapons. We have enough senseless violence. We have enough profitable corporations, celebration of material success, and wealth. We have enough divisive religions telling you you should feel bad, very bad. We have enough rational, cold intellect. We have enough gossip and small talk in our media. We have enough envy.
We are still desperately starving for love. For genuine kindness. For freedom from suffering. For more fairness and inclusiveness.
We are still desperately starving for an understanding of ourselves and a sense of belonging to the world that we feel so separate from.
On a crowded city street last night, a man accidentally spilled a very large bag full of cans and bottles he had been collecting for recycling. He looked distraught and embarrassed. It was amazing to see how fast people gathered around him to help him pick each one of them up. It was as if the whole busy street had stopped what they were doing and helped. He expressed a deep, sincere gratitude and continued on his way.
I see things like this all the time. Especially in New York, where people often complain about New Yorkers being rude or unkind.
It’s true that there is lots of good in the world, especially if you’re open to seeing it. It’s often happening while we’re busy focusing on all that is wrong.
Your perceptions reflect that which you focus on.