After hearing about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, it’s hard not to question what’s wrong with our species. Then you take in all the other shit, what we’re doing to each other and to ourselves, what we’re doing to the environment, what we’re not understanding, what we’re not doing, and let’s not forget politics and government, and it all feels like it’s out of control and out of our control. Like how do we get a handle on things? Can we really get a handle on things? Something’s got to give!
It’s getting harder and harder to ignore that there’s a lot going on right now in our world that is potentially huge and not good. It just seems more and more that the needs and desires of the few and powerful trump everything else. And I think it’s really scary when some of these people hide behind God and religion, or the notion that what they’re doing is in the best interest of everyone. There are people out there who are really trying to make a positive difference and who have great intention, but it’s a situation where one bad apple does indeed spoil the whole bunch.
So what do we do? Why is it that we don’t get that everything is connected? We are all in this thing together, and we are much stronger when we tap into that energy and pool our collective power. We seemingly live, however, in a world that is being more and more driven by greed, corruption, miss-information, manipulation, and lies.
Now conversely, there’s a lot of good around us, and when we’re down we get up and come together. We feel compassion, a connectedness, a unity. We see greatness all around us. We see understanding and reason, but where are those energies when we need them the most, before the bottom falls out? Why does it have to take a catastrophe to make us wake up? Why aren’t we more proactive then reactive?
We are a race of many different people, but we are all a part of the same race. We are all human. Period. Hello! We are a result of the Big Bang, and are completely woven into the fabric of the universe. Are we really so arrogant and so blind to think that we are the only living creatures in this unbelievably vast universe? I watch the Science Channel all the time and take in all that we know and all that is fact, and I question how anyone believes that this is it. We think we have a grip on what it’s all about, but we don’t have any idea, really. It’s so beyond our scope, especially when we hide behind our fears and ignorance and resist new information that gives us greater insight into what’s really going on, and what should make us re-think all the stuff that comes from our history of control.
We agree to the perception of the world that is taught to us as young people, but we have a responsibility as adults to review and re-evaluate what we see in the world based upon our stronger sense of self, and greater understanding of things because of our years of exposure to all the information that is out there (read The Four Agreements if you want to know more about what I’m talking about).
It may seem beyond our individual ability to do anything about where we’re at and where we’re headed, but I think we have to rise above that and strive to become more aware and more conscious for ourselves. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to make our mistakes and act out at times. We’re human! But when we do we should try looking for the lessons in the experience instead of beating ourselves up over hitting a bump. It’s hard, I know, but you can look at those experiences as a good thing, giving you a greater sense of what you want and what you don’t. I think if we all do that, no matter where we’re at in the pecking order, we’ll be more conscious, more empathetic and have a greater understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world and universe we live in. I think that would be a great place to start!