Were you to bring 10 lamps to one place, they would all be different in form. But when you look at their light, or flame, you cannot differentiate one from the other.
All the great Deities of all Religions in the world have communicated the same message, appreciate the spiritual unity of all, because we all have the same goal. Which is, to live in peace and be mindful of others.
We have many non renewable resources on this planet. Coal, petroleum, natural gas, land mass, trees just to name some. We hear the word, non renewable, and have become desensitized to it. Non renewable means that once we use what is on our planet, there will be no more! But we continue to abuse and ignore this fact. Most are educated to it, so we can’t plead ignorance, it’s just that it’s more convenient and profitable to ignore the problem? I do have a gas powered engine, so I’m not excluding myself. It is much easier to drive to work, than to ride a non emission, no gas using bike. But we continue to beat mother earth like an abusive boyfriend beats an enabling girl. And mother earth seems to be playing her role as the girl that loves her man and believes that he loves her and maybe it’s something she did.
What she doesn’t realize is, that she has all the power. She can wipe us out without even trying. Mother Earth can send a tsunami to destroy us. We are a planet that is approximately 70% water, so a tsunami wouldn’t even be a blink of an eye effort for her. She could open up the ground and swallow us with earthquakes, or use volcanoes, or hurricane, or tornadoes. You get it, Mother Earth is very capable of stopping us from beating her again.
But she doesn’t. She continues to provide for us, nurture us, and provide us with a home. And we continue to beat her, abuse her, and deplete her. Lets wake us Mother Fuckers! Before its too late, and another flood or other natural disaster comes to wipe this slate that we call home, clean. Who knows, maybe its time for her to move on, and find a boyfriend that will treat her better. Maybe like the Native Americans did, here in America anyway, when they worshipped her. That’s for another rant.
Your life is what you want it to be, for the most part. Sure there are some instances in life that you can’t control, but what you can control is how you react to those unavoidable situations. But most things you can avoid, like people that bring you negative energy. That seems to be the main source of my angst, lately, probably always has been, but I’m just now noticing it. So, you can do a couple of things, either try to change the negative person, or whatever personality type that person is that you don’t like, hopefully you at least try, and if that doesn’t work you can just altogether remove that person from you life. It’s easy to be happy, it’s just that you have to realize what it is that isn’t making you happy, and remove that thing. Don’t get me wrong, just avoiding everything in life that you don’t like, isn’t the answer. You do have to take on somethings, hopefully defeat them, and build character. But avoiding people that may bring you down, or make your small plot of land on this huge earth miserable is easy.
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I’ll do the things I want because they feed who I want to be - regardless of the outcome. I’ll follow my visions because not following them for fear that they may not come true equals accepting defeat without even putting up a good fight. Victory or defeat are largely out of my control, but putting up a good fight…put up the kind of fight that makes the earth shake and the gods blush… this I can do. I may fail, probably will a few times? Big fucking deal… If that is the way the game is going to play out, I’ll make sure to fail giving every last inch of myself. I’ll fail in such a way as to give epic poets enough material for the rest of their careers. I don’t make certain choices just because I was told that if I’m a good boy, Santa will reward me. I’ll make them because living somebody else’s life out of fear of failing brings me no Joy. If the Universe ends up being kind to your efforts, good for you. But the key question in my mind is: are you willing to make the exact same choices even if -and it’s entirely possible - no reward is there for you at the end?
Once upon a time in a village in ancient China there was an old man who lived alone with his son. They were very poor. They had just a small plot of land outside the village to grow rice and vegetables and a rude hut to live in. But they also had a good mare. It was the son’s pride and joy, and their only possession of value.
One day the mare ran away.
The old man’s friends came to him and commiserated. “What a wonderful mare that was!” they said. “What bad fortune that she ran off!”
“Who can tell?” the old man said.
Two weeks later the mare returned accompanied by a fine barbarian stallion. Friends and neighbors all came around and congratulated the old man. “Now you have your mare back, and that stallion is as fine as any in the land. What a stroke of good fortune!”
“Who can tell?” the old man said.
Two weeks later the son fell off the stallion while riding and broke his leg. Friends of the old man came to him to express their sympathy. “It’s too bad your son broke his leg, and right before the planting season, too. What bad luck!”
“Who can tell?” the old man said.
Two weeks later, war came to the land, and all able-bodied young men were drafted. The troop that contained the men from the village was at the front in a bloody engagement, and the entire troop was lost. All the men from the village died in battle.
The young man with the broken leg stayed home. His leg healed. He and his father bred many fine horses, and tended their fields
As adults, we are doing the exact opposite of Halloween. Now we take off our masks and show who we really are, instead of pretending to be a monster or superhero. But without masks, we are much scarier than those that we hid behind. Selfish and greedy, but we are stil trying to get candy, one in a different form. Be it women or material goods, most are both and all comes down to the root of all evil, money. The sweetest candy of all, that turns children pretending to be monsters into adults that are the worst monsters of all, that do real damage.
What if someone brought you into a room, a dark assassin figure, and told you he was going to kill you within the next 30-40 years? He also said he would slowly poison you, with ingredients that could cause cancer? He would destroy all things that are important to you, kill your pets, end your parents life? How would you react?
I’m sure the initial reaction would be shock, then fear. But after that, within the next day or two, after you’ve had time to digest this morbid information? Would you want to shelter yourself, hide yourself from the world and avoid all the areas that this assassin may be? Would you cover all the sharp corners of you home with foam, so you don’t accidentally fall on one of the corners and kill yourself? Would you start eating healthier, with hopes to build your immune system to fight off this poison that may be slowly injected into your body?
Or, would you start enjoying life, knowing that you could go at any minute? Spend time with your parents and friends cause they also may be taken away from you? Take your dog to the park more often, stop watching so much tv, learn more things, try to be nicer to people, help more people, smile at people more often and engage them? Find out what makes others happy and if it is within your means, do that thing and maybe start a chain affect, and they in turn will make others happy? Educate yourself about a healthier diet, and maybe in turn make a difference in economy, because of the enlightenment of your new diet?
Maybe you go out and do that thing that you’ve had in your head, but never had the courage to do, or thought that you would do it later, cause you thought you had all the time in the world? Maybe that idea becomes something that does change the world, or makes life easier for thousands of people, and thousands more?
News flash people! This dark assassin is here, in all of our lives. He is going to kill everyone of us. He is going to destroy everything precious to us. His a name is LIFE. We are all growing older, and the meat suits that we are wearing are being poisoned, slowly by the crap that we eat. Our parents and friends are going to die, maybe not before you, maybe at the same time, but everyone is going to die. Even your pets. So let’s get off the couch, stop watching crappy tv, and go do something.
I am slowly realizing this reality myself. It’s not that I thought I was invincible, it’s just that I never really thought about, cause I was caught up in the rat race. I still am in the race, just now I am aware. So let’s if we can spend the time that we have left, before this dark assassin we call life comes to do what he does really well, assassinate us.
Make a difference, and even if it’s making the slightest difference. You don’t have to change the world tremendously, you can make it a better temporary home, just by not being a douche. Lets see if we can leave this place and inhabitants better than we found it?
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