How many of us can look back over the last 10 years or even further and recognize how many bad decisions we have made that have brought us to where we are today, and not feel a pang of regret?
Whether we recognize it or not, we are always striving for comfort, immediate and long range, every moment. For the long term, it's about securing enough funds to live nicely, in a nice house, in a nice neighborhood, to have all the comforts, a nice car, etc.
For the short term, we move, we adjust, we scratch, etc. Like breathing, this is what we are doing all the time, so much so, that we hardly notice it.
It seems like these days are the times of redemption, the times where each of us must reap the consequences of our decisions and actions, collectively and individually.
In reality, this is happening all the time, every day. But at some point, the consequences add up and are large enough for us to become aware of them, like when within a body of water that has been contaminated for a long time, everything begins to die. This could be what humanity is experiencing right now.
The reality is that life exists on many levels and while we may be attending to one level, i.e. our immediate comfort, it is easy to overlook some of the less apparent levels. And because we are connected to everything, we are essentially affected by everything to some degree.
So while our country may be bombing somewhere far away, and we ignore this, and carry on as though it doesn't matter to us personally, or when we permit a system to exist that elevates profit over the welfare of our environment and all life, and we allow governments to commit atrocities on a daily basis, there are and will be consequences.
Some of the givens of our existence: uncertainty, which allows for endless possibilities, the necessity of reciprocity; reciprocity is about balance, maintaining homeostasis, creating harmony. Entropy; all is disintegrating constantly and is in need of energy to maintain, which includes especially our own bodies. And let us not forget the law of karma, or the fact that there are always consequences for our actions.
In order for us to navigate under these conditions we need sufficient information if we are going to be able to make good decisions. But even more than that, we may need to have the awareness of who we really are and what it is we really need to prevent us from making big wrong decisions, like career choices among many other big decisions we must make in the courses of our lives.
Life is so complex and so rich. It is a gift so large, that it is beyond our capacity to appreciate it fully. Yet for billions of our brothers and sisters life is an ordeal that must be suffered and endured.
Why is this so, when life is so full of beauty, endless possibilities and opportunities? I believe it is because we have and continue to allow injustices, crimes against both humanity and all of nature. And because we accept and don't correct the fact that we all live in a toxic milieu of corruption, deceit, and unacceptable abuses. It is as if we are all fish living in a dirty fish bowl, that keeps getting dirtier and dirtier, and we never stop to clean it until it is too late and we all are all floating on the surface, dead.
Without us creating homeostasis, balance, justice, the body politic sickens towards death. Those of us living insulated, isolated lives and others have ignored this dimension that is the larger picture or framework of everyone's reality far too long, and now we must suffer the consequences. Or make the necessary moves to rectify these huge errors as soon as possible.
We must do it as individuals and collectively. I am only one voice trying to bring this awareness to everyone. It seems so hopeless. No one listens to me.