I want to introduce you to a very special thing — Our World. As a part of this series, we’re going to explore our wonderful world together, and figure out how we can change it — changing ourselves in the process.
You may ask why I feel the world needs changing — but I think everyone who bothers to read this post already knows the answer. We are on a collision course with disaster — it is almost inevitable, almost.
I chose the picture above for many reasons. First, because we are the stewards of this glorious jewel in the crown of Sol, our Sun. We should always hold it with care, and ensure that our children and children’s children have something to look forward to as the centuries roll on. But we must be the example of how best to care for our planet. Second, I chose this picture to demonstrate that there are no boundaries other than the ever shifting continents. We have created these imaginary lines, which have become a means to needlessly segregate our countries, cities, towns and neighborhoods. We are better than that, and we know that we do not need to be separate. A thinking person knows that we must have one world, unified for all humankind. This is a fact, and not speculation. We will never overcome our problems as long as these lines remain.
Now, how do we begin changing the world? It is really quite simple, it begins in your own heart and mind. It must begin with each of us looking within and seeing the things that are wrong with ourselves, rather than pointing out to others what is wrong with them. Life is a journey, there is no destination other than the place we go when we give up our last breath, our last heartbeat, and venture into the unexplored realm of Death. We all will die one day, and that is the only inevitability we cannot change — though we may try with science and medicine — we must give up our bodies at some point so that others may live and enjoy this wonderful world of ours.
At this point, you may ask who makes you the authority on this? I’m no more an authority than any of you. Even the most educated people on our planet have no more answers than you will find within yourself. The most simple answer to beginning this change is to learn to shed your fears. Until you have shed your fears, you cannot begin to live. Fear is what drives all of our actions.
Fear of not having the best material things.
Fear of dying.
Fear of being alone.
Fear of not being correct in your belief system.
Fear of being harmed.
Fear of not being loved.
Fear of being an outsider.
Fear of not being recognized.
The list can go on forever. And it is fear the drives all of the horrible things that happen in our world. We fight over plots of land that we are merely temporary occupants. The Earth is the owner of all the lands and the seas. She merely lets us lie our heads upon her lap, while she slowly rocks us to sleep each night. We should break down these barriers and exist together, work together, change the world together. This is not to say that we should lose our own personal identities — we are all Dreamers in this world. We all have things that we wish to pursue, all we need remember is that our dreams and goals should not harm or interrupt the dreams and goals of others. It’s very simple — yet we cannot accept this. We think that if someone does not believe the same thing as we do, that they are wrong. We think that if someone does not do what we feel is right, they are wrong. We are all wrong and correct, and the cycle ebbs and flows like the tides of the sea. We will all be correct and wrong through the course of our existence — it is how we learn, share and grow.
We should gently, carefully, admonish one another when we are clearly doing something that harms our collective existence — lying, cheating, stealing, killing. We all know this, it’s very apparent and we know when we do wrong, but we are mostly unwilling to take responsibility for these things we do. That again is because of the fear we harbor in our hearts — fear that at one time served a purpose for our primitive ancestors to survive, but we should now evolve.
We are all friends and family. We are all related at some branch in the tree of life. It all began with One, and that One is whatever you want it to be — God, The Big Bang, The Earth, the Self. But it is not our place to define the One for anyone else but ourselves. Each of us is entitled to our beliefs, but we are not entitled to impose our beliefs on others, unless we are cautioning others of their harmful ways.
Today I end with this simple message: Reach out to those around you, whether they be friends or not. We all want to be heard, loved, appreciated, and nurtured. It’s amazing how quickly we can change the world with a smile and a wave to everyone and anyone we see during the day.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I beseech the earth my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I entreat the earth my body to take.