What do we know about what is good in the world? How do we know what is good? How do we define Good? Sounds like a riddle in what is relative and stuff.
It’s funny. How can we definitively define a relative word? We don’t. As a matter of fact, there is no real definition of the word Good. My Good is different than your Good. Our societal definition of what is good, what is acceptable, what is desirable, changes as generations define there own world.
Many times people ponder how God can let atrocities happen in the world, like a flood, a hurricane, a killer on the loose. Like he is a person in this place above us looking down and casting judgement upon us, or not, letting others wreak havoc in our mortal world. How can he turn his back?
The Universe, is something that, to me, is unknown and supremely powerful. I don’t humanize it and call it a God, but I see it as something that connects all of us together. I don’t pretend to understand the intricacies, but like the ocean, like the ultimate power of Nature, I respect the power and beauty that I see in it.
Perhaps, there is untold evil, despicable acts of warped minds and depravity in this world, and of cruel, destructive natural disasters, but they bring us back to the point we need to be reminded of. We should never be presumptuous to feel like we are in control of anything. We fool ourselves daily. When we get up in bed, we think we can walk to the bathroom without incident. We think we will drive to work safely. We hope we make it through the day and survive work.
All we can do is minimise the risks we take. We are fooling ourselves if we feel we control all the risks, or even many of them though. When the Universe needs us to learn a lesson, it keeps showing it to us. It doesn’t care if you are ready or not, it just keeps coming. We’ve all heard about the friend that dates losers all the time and can’t seem to find the right partner. Wake up! You need to shine the light on yourself…there might be a lesson in there.
When the world stops, when strangers die for nothing, when friends or loved ones disappear, die, or become terminally ill, we need to be be reminded of something. Although we all try to plan for our retirement and plan on living a ripe old age, the truth of the matter is that you will die before you are ready. Many of our friends and family members will die before us. Many times it will be in a horrible, unforeseen manner.
What are we to do in this horrible world that just makes us cry? Can we fight such a place that seemingly has no rhyme or reason to the chaos that surrounds every well intentioned effort to make peace in this world? Do we all need to become a Hero and fight it everywhere we see it? Not exactly. Can we do something about it?
Yes! We can fight all the Bad, all the Despair, all the Evil that the world dishes upon us, all that happens in this world, by doing just one thing: by letting it be.
We have no more control over the person that pulls the trigger, or drives the vehicle, or signs the act, than we do a baby sitting in the rear seat, looking backwards out the rear window at what has happened, yanking at the toy wheel and honking the toy horn.
We need to understand our real role in this wild, powerful, and ultimately untameable world. Our role is to find inner peace, and to always give our hearts to each and every other spirit we come across. We don’t know how long we will be here, regardless of the amount of RRSPs we have in the bank, regardless of the care we take in driving, there is just no accounting for the space junk that might fall on our head. When the Reaper comes for us, he does not ask us for our hand, he jerks it, and pulls our bones from our skin, leaving us flaccid and pale. That’s how much control we have. Always wear clean underwear right? Didn’t your Momma always tell you that? We just never know what might happen to us, and we want the Coroner at least to see us at our best, and that’s about all we have control over.
When we see an act of ugliness in this world, with many billions of people on this planet, can we not say that it is a major triumph, a major point of good fortune, and really a Miracle on all accounts that most people are basically good! That in general, we strive to help our neighbour, especially if we have see sorrow. We can celebrate this fact as a species.
It is our survival instinct to grasp on to the negative stories. They make us stop, think, and re-evaluate our steps to see if our path might lead us to premature demise. Many of us might wonder “What is this world coming to?” How presumptuous of us. Can you presume what billions of independent people on this earth will ever come to? As long as we define ourselves as different, we will never see peace.
I tell you, until we see each and every human being as just that, we will continue to act our part in the beast of Nature, and be untamed, wild, despicable and uncontrollable.
We have the incredible ability to envision what our consequences might be before we act, but we must start the awareness process first before we care about our actions. If we don’t want to act out the instinctual side of our primal brain functions, we need to nurture the more modern pre-frontal cortex portion and be the witness to what we are doing and thinking.
How do we stop and really see what we are doing in our life? We do just that: Stop. We need to stop and take time for ourselves and just let our mind do what it does best: think. If you haven’t spent time doing this, you will probably be inundated with the backup of decades worth of thoughts that have been building up like a restless volcano, waiting for the only time it can work: when we let it.
Wake up 15 minutes earlier and put on a meditation. Or just look outside and contemplate the colours you see, or a leaf, or the sounds you hear. Maybe you just close your eyes and witness where your mind travels.
The point of this conversation is that life is what it is, and we recognise the Good in the world by bearing witness to the Bad. It is only through these reminders that we are not in control of our death, of our destiny, no matter how we desire to live, no matter what safeguards we employ, that we remind ourselves of what matters: relationships.
We need to detach from the attachment to other people’s actions, and see what we have: beauty, love, compassion, forgiveness. Remember, it is a miracle that there are over 7 billion minds on this planet and we aren’t killing each other faster than we are already. This must mean that we are a kind, social creature. Whew! We might just have a chance to survive if we focus on that aspect and start to get along.
See the beauty that is next to you. See the perfection in everyone, especially yourself. Forgive everyone, even yourself. Love all those you touch, even…nevermind.